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A TRUE STORY OF AUSTRALIAN CONVICT LIFE. 



ASSIGNED 



BY 



TO HIS 



S3S\WIFe; 

a *l i\ ORJHE 

* U A h °,I, A ADVENTURES., 

BOTANY \georce 
BAY. Vlower 



THE 



AN ACCEPTED LOVER. 



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A TRUE STORY OF AUSTRALIAN CONVICT LIFE. 



ASSIGNED TO HIS WIFE; 



OR, 



THE ADVENTURES OF GEORGE FLOWER, 



THE CELEBRATED DETECTIVE OFFICER. 



JOHN LANG, 

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AUTHOR'S PREFACE. 



The conductors of several German and French papers 
paid the author of this story the compliment, of selecting it 
for translation and insertion in their columns, during its 
continuance in the columns of Frazer's Magazine; one of 
them, the Echo de BfvaeUes, supplied a short tale, by way 
of episode, which will be found at the conclusion of this 
reprint. 

It may not be out of place to mention that the story of 
"Assigned to His Wife" is not a fiction; albeit the incidents 
are sufficiently disguised to spare the feelings of any 
surviving members of the family (called in the following 
pages "Orford"). The letters written by the unfortunate 
lady, from New South Wales, came into the possession of 
the author bouig sixteen years ago, and it was from the s 
letters (some of them dated "Mbroton Bay !") that the idea 
of her sufferings was gleaned. 



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BOTANY BAY; 

on, 

TRUE TALES OF EARLY AUSTRALIA. 

By JOHN LANG, 

r.arrs'cr-at-U'-i; Author of "AiSignBi la Jo's Wt/a." 



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CAPTAIN KETCHOALF. 

HARRINGTON. 
SIR HENRY HATES. 

KATE CRAWFORD. 

BARON "VVALD. 

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ASSIGNED TO HIS WIFE. 



CHAPTER I. 

In one of the midland counties, some years ago, there lived a gen- 
tleman of ancient family and large estate— a Mr. Orford, v. ho had 
married, early in life, a young iady of great personal attractions, 
the daughter of a distinguished general officer in the British army. 

The issue of this marriage was numerous, but one child only was 
reared — a girl. Sonic had died very young, others had lingered ou 
till they were six or seven years of age, and two had been taken 
aW ay — a boy and a girl — when the former was fifteen and the latter 
fourteen. 

With what anxiety did Mr. and Mrs. Orford watch Emily, their 
only child! Her every look was studied, every whim gratified, 
e-evy want anticipated ; and year by year did their anxiety become 
more intense. 

When Emily had completed her thirteenth year, Mr. Orford, 
who represented his county, resigned his seat in Parliament, and 
removed hisfamilv to the Continent. For four years and upwards 
the Orfords remained abroad, travelling ; and when they returned 
to England, Emily was seventeen years of age. 

Emily was very pretty, and had remarkably pleastag manners. 
Perform was slight, her figure well-shaped and ii ' ■- - '"'• lhe 
- Fcetncss of her disposition might be seen in her soft hazel 
vr,e expression of her delicately-formed mouth, and the intonations 
of her musical and unaffected voice. She was the beau ideal cl a 
..,,-1 of gentle blood, and heiress to all her father possessed-a very 
considerable fortune, not less than fifteen thousand a-year. 

Amongst the many eligible suitors who visited at Uttbrd tuu 
»as a handsome, manly person-one Charles Everest, (he second 
son of a baronet whose estate joined thai of Emily ™»«*- 

For a year Charles Everest oontinned to pay M.ss Orfoid (id 
most "marked" attention, which, she received seeming^ »uh 
delight A. length he proposed to he. ; but, to the disappomtmenl 



THE FOnGETl'S WIFE. 

she refused to become his 




for him an appointment— cn»* ™ i 

Minister. .tfwi+inna seemed far from disagreeable 

The next person whose a t. . on wanM s ffllMe 

r^^SftS^SSii Mr. Hastings was" a 

::;:;x £?%& <>-,. ,-,,o , T ^« of the Qua^ 




and eTflrfTflOwiiffla ie barrister remained for a fortnight under 
the same roof with Emily, with whom he became passionately in 

Through the exertions of Mr. Hastings, Mr. Orford was returned 
by a very large majority ; and Emily naturally shared her father's 
joy on this event. Her lover observing this, made a declaration of 
his attachment in the most eloquent terms. But it is one thing to 
move a jury or a mob by figures of speech and impassioned discourse — 
it is another thing to create that strange mysterious feeling, called 
"love," in a maiden's breast. Emily owned that she liked Mr. 
Hastings, just as she had liked Charles Everest ; but then she added, 

"I could never think of marrying him, because I do not love him." 

* * #' * # # 

Miss Orford's third suitor was an officer in the Coldstream 
Guards, Captain Deesing. Ho first saw Emily at a county ball, to 
which he had escorted his Bisters. Deesing was a man for whom 
half the gii-ls in London were breaking their hearts, contrary to the 
Irishes of their mothers, for Deesing was in debt, and had no " ex- 
pectations." Doesing's address was peculiarly captivating, and he 
had always at command a Btock of fresh and entertaining pleasantries 
wherewith to amuse those with whom he entered into conversation. 
He could not only engage the affections of the fair sex with wonder- 
ful facility, but even men who had once spoken to him, long alter 
thirsted for his society. Witty, clever, shrewd, good-tempered, 
frank, generous, unaffected, Deesing' 6 smiles were courted by per- 
sons of all ranks, He had never thought of marriage ; at least, be 
hao thought that matrimony was not" exactly suited to hira, and 
therefore he had no idea of contracting it. 

Captain Deesing was no sooner introduced to Miss Orford than 
he conceived for her a regard which he had never felt for any other 



eiiiu's suit cms. 7 

woman; and the morning after the ball ho communicated to his 
eldest sister that he was in love with her friend 

* * * * . » 

Although Captain Deesing saw Emily Orford almost every day 
for three weeks,— although ho had played in a charade with her, 
wherein they were ardent, lovers, — although his sisters had been loud 
in his praises, — although he had escorted her in her morning rides 
had walked with her alone in the shrubberies, had read poetry to 
her, had sang to her the tenderest songs ; although he had striven 

hard, by exercising all his powers of fascination, to win her love; 

still, when he proposed to her. she told him what she had told the 
others, she "liked him very much, but she could never think of 
marrying him." 

This was a severe blow to Captain Deesing. He went to town ; 
rejoined his regiment in disgust ; shortly afterwards married » 
rich widow, and exchauged into a regiment of the line. 



CHAPTER H. 

Mrs. Orford was induced to visit a watering-place in Devon- 
shire. Mr. Orford's parliamentary duties required his presenco in 
town. 

At this watering-place, Mrs. Orford and Emily met in society a 
person of gentlemanlike appearance, called "Captain Horcourt. 
His manners were prepossessing, his address unaffected and easy. He 
was very good-looking amusing, and olever, though superficial. 
lie was a great favourite with "the little s:.eie(y^and the young 
ladies used to speak of him as "that charming man." 

- Captain Harcourt did not. pay Miss Orford the attention she had 
been accustomed to receive; he seemed to prefer others who had 
less pretensions t" beauty. Ho hud never once wked Miss UMora 
to dance, though he had been introduced to hor, and had met J<er« 
several evening panics. He appeared to hold aloof from Jnafc 
though he occasionally condescended to converse with her ""-""" 

lib's. Orford invited Captain Harcouri to AM at her xouse. 



TUB FOKGEK'S WUTJS, 

8 n i ,„ W n her The Captain accepted (lie 

Jbeft he had never called u on ^r cu ll e d for Mrs. Oriord 

feeT&lE^SoLhe bad 

^ «. -«* of her jjgj My £tHelrS : oftS 
tarn Harcourt hcsto^el *rt au uid ^p ^ ^ ^ he 

Sr'Ct r^tuZuS octroi. . Emily's sketches too, 
slviJtaJJ) Ke Hareourfs inspection and criticism, 

ffJ^JSS to £& of them as "rather good-not at all 

b!K On taking leave of Mrs. Orford and her daughter, the Captain 
shook the former's hand very graciously, but gave Emily only two 
finders and a very low bow. 

"On the following day Captain Harcourt met Mrs. Oriord and her 
daughter on the beach. As he approached, Emily blushed, and 
involuntarily trembled. She knew not why, but she felt ill, and 
could scarcely refrain from bursting into tears. Captain Harcourt 
spoke to Emily in a patronising tone of voice, and with the air of a 
man who feels that his words are valuable. Emily was annoyed ; 
hut she could not hate the man. She had now an interest in liiiu. 
And why ? lie had piqued her, provoked her. 

It is hard to say at what age folly is likely to end in women who 
have been greatly admired in their youthful days. Mrs. Orford was 
actually proud that Captain Harcourt preferred her conversation to 
that of her daughter, and had she been a widow, she would have 
accepted him as a second husband, had lie proposed to her. 

On taking leave that evening on the beach, Captain Harcourt 
bestowed upon Emily a warmer shake of the hand than he had 
given her on the previous night, and smiled upon her. Emily 
was not prepared for this. It took her by surprise ; and the gentle 
oressure she experienced thrilled through every vein, and made her 
heart beat violently. 

Emily could not sleep that night; she lay awake thinking of 
Captain Harcourt. She could now feel for poor Charles Everest, 
1orMr. Hastings, and fc»r Captain Deesing, since sue nau conceived 
a love for a man wbo regarded her with indifference, or who was 
only civil to her, rat of mere clnu'Uy. More than onco she summoned 
all -her pride, and tried to laugh at herself for thinking of Captain 
Harcourt ; but that luscious poisou of love had entered into her 
blood, and in vain did she attempt to eject it. 

It was Emily's wont to rise early, and walk with her maid by 
the sea shore. 'While she was dressing on the morning which fol- 
lowed that most eventful evening of hei life, oh! how she louguU 



AN ACCEPTED LOVER. 



9 



that she might meet Captain Haroourt '.-that she might see h 
even rf it we at a distance! Emily did see him ; and Xn 8 Te 
bowed to him ho raised Ins hat, gave a formal inclination of his head 
and, with a smile on his face, passed on. ' 

Captain Haroourt had far more cunning than any of those sen- 
tlemen who had aspired to Emily Orford's affections. He know 
that the shortest and safest way to a woman's heart and soul was 
the longest way round, and by the most intricate path. That she 
was an heiress, and that her father was a man possessed of great 
parliamentary interest, he had already informed himself. 

When Captain Haroourt was convinced that Emily really loved 
him— after he had observed her keep her eyes upon him for hours 
together at several parties — he proceeded with immense tact to rivet 
(if that were necessary) the regard which Emily entertained for him; 
and one afternoon, when she was walking, alone, on the beach, lie 
came up suddenly and offered his arm. 

" I am afraid, Miss Orford, you must often have thought me 
very uncouth ; but, alas ! you little know what pain the demeanour 
I have felt bound to assume has caused me. I am about to leare 
this place to-morrow, and the chances are we may never meet again, 
for my regiment i« abroad, and I must join it ; but before we part, 
let mo assure you, that J have not been insensible of your beauty, 
your talents, your great and varied accomplishments ; nor have I 
been a stranger to the goodness of your heart. I am a proud man, 
and I have struggled hard to conceal that I loved you, bee 
would not run the risk of being repulsed by one, the name of whose 
ectcd lovers must already be legion. I would ask you, as a favour, 
>ot to think ill of me after I am gone." And he gently took her 
hand, and held it in his own. 

Emily leaned heavily upon Captain Hareourt's arm, and looked 
up into his large dark eyes. She could not speak just then, but 
presently she said, "Do not go to-morrow. Stay here a littla 
longer." 

" Can it be that your heart beat3 a response to mine 1" ha 
inquired, with well-feigned wonder. 

" Yes," and again she looked into his eyes. 

By this time they had rounded the cliff. Not a soul was near 
them, They were soon pledged to each other, and their pledges 
witnessed by the wild waves which came dancing io their foot. 

Emily was a member of the Catholic Church — so was her mother 
— though her father was a Protestant. She made this known to 
Captain Haroourt, who, to her unspeakable joy, did not. regard her 
faith in the light of an impediment to their union. And then the 
Captain quoted to her those passionate linos of y 



TUE FOKGBK'S WIFE. 

Whore 'tis no orime to love too well, 
Where thus to worslup teuderly 
Aa erring chUd ofHg£thke thee 

Would not he sin ; or if itbe, 
Wlere we might weep our faultaawfty 

Toj-cther kneeling night and flay S 
Tboa, form? sake, at AWs shrine, 

And I at any God's for thine ! 

« I Inve to fear, dearest/' said Captain Harrourt, « that at present 

; T ' a briaf while let it be a aeoret known only to ourse va. 

jJEwS overy morning early, and every afternoon at > about 

this horn-; and at our leisure we can settle our plans, dearest Emily 
Yes. Since you wish it, I will liefer my departure. 



' 



CHAPTER III 

Day after day Emily met Captain Harcourt, on the ueach ; and 
after day lie tested her regard for him. A woman loses her 
pride as soon as she ardently loves a man, (so far at least as between 
tarn and herself,) ,md Emily put up with and endured more of 
Captain Harcourtfa assumed caprice and temper than most people 
»wU be indined to credit, lie would sometimes talk of going 

r:u' t0l> V'^P n ^ cklise > a * d the otherwise high spuS 
'' ™dd 'mplore him to remain, a„d not leave her to S3 « 

h avmg done nothing to offend | i, ' f „ '' ' , ° was con seious of 
^1-acted irritabilfty. > ; ' "C" ' L T f ° a8SUag0 his 
^iuuate that My loved ' rf ' "' 0, ' ,,, at olllcr 



at other times 

.. ,1 • i .•' ." """ ,,u| ' *ur iimisel"" 

l^±*}^™. ^ofhisunde,tl 1 eMaro,; 



ortune, 









AN ACCEPTED LOVER, 



11 



her, and blight her love, had imparted to Captain Harcourt tbo 
bravery of a bully. She often dreaded to meet him on the sands, 
and yet if he did not keep his engagement she was miserable for tho 
remainder of the day. _ It was not that Captain Harcourt was a 
man of ferocious disposition ; on the contrary, the amenity of his 
nature was very remarkable. 

One morning, shortly after the Captain had created a difference, 
and Emily's kind words had brought about a reconciliation, Captain 
Hareourt stopped suddenly, and said, " Dearest, at the hour of two 
to-day, 1 must leave tins place, I must no longer delay. Dallying 
here has already brought me into disgrace at the Horse Guards. 
If you will, — fly yjtt me. If not, we will say 'farewell,' for ever. 
A post-chaise will be ready at the hour I mention ; and at a quartei 
past two I will be at tho end of the lane, near your mother'* 
house. We can be married in Scotland, dearest. My relations will 
witness the ceremony ; and ere longueur's will be reconciled. You 
know I love you, Emily — that I worship you. Make up your 
mind." 

" Dear Reginald," exclaimed Emily, " my parents never opposed 
my will. My mother is kindly disposed towards you; and I am 
sure you would bo a favourite with my father." 

" I am a strange fellow," said Captain Harcourt, " From child- 
hood, a creature of impulse ; and 1 shall be the same to the end of 
tho chapter. It was impulse that made me decline running off with 
the Marchioness of Kiggethhnbley. It was impulse that made me 
break off a match with Lady Cloriuda Dimsingthorne, after the 
settlements were concluded. "(It is true I did not lovelier.) It 
vraa impulse that made me play for the furniture and fittings-up oi 
a gambling house, and made me lose back £20,000, after I had 
broken the bank. It is for you, dearest, to decide. Don't do any- 
thing in a hurry. There is time, Emily, for consideration, between 
this and a quarter past two." 

Emily decided, on the spot, that she would elope with Captain 
llarenint. 

Mrs. Orford and her daughter were engaged to spend that day 
with some friends, but when twelve o'clock came, Emily said she 
had a headache, and Mrs. Orford left her house accompanied only 
by a servant, 

Emily was now distracted between her hive and her duty. At 
• 16 moment she decided on abandoning Captain Harcourt, and 
clinging to those who had, from her infancy, shown her nothing 
but tenderness and affection. The next moment she would rush 
into her room, and make preparations for a journey. 

The hour of two came. She had but a k\v minutes to decide. 



12 



THE FORGER'S WIFE. 



, tma impose to pluck her love from out her bosom-and h,„ 
- 0U M,,a.,ln,.^l,rFr S «s notrunaw , She began 

to ™ I ®yC Spet W and replace her dresses in th. 
taSTrftewdrotoj but before the task was done dear 
..Ids eyes seemed to gleam upon her, and she repacked the 

bBg Ten minutes past two ! She heard the sound of carriage wheels 
A carriage had passed the door! She sand her bags-rush,, 
out of As gate, to the end of the lane-mot Reginald, who handed 
her into the post-chaise, and kissed her. She fainted on his shoulder 
as soon as she was seated. 



J 



CHAPTER IV. 

There were no electric telegraph despatches in the days when 
Captain Harcouvt earned off Emily Orford- no special trains that 
. travel at the rate of fifty miles an hour. The fastest convey- 
ance was I a post-chaise, and when Mrs. Orford, at (bur o'clock, was 
startled by the intelligent that Emily bad eloped, she was unable 
to find out what road even the fugitives had taken. Nevertheless 

society. S ' ] " ghly coun ^*b and much courted in 

^ssotsis^taJrs h *•»*•*■ -• 

P^onwUh wh0U , 8lli ■»»^y between herself aM the 

" ; t ""' £ :,r; M ^ ,vn had ^theknot 

^ n, 1 , ;" , ' : """ , ='l'W.i..Il:,,,., m . a ' distance from 

, *ytm Hareourt , tb at oMl \ ' , 
fe ) "*•*• of money;" , ' ', ?**" ^ .(* « » vulga, 

K s ■»**•* it with an open. 






THE FIRST DAYS OF ITER MARRIED LIFE. 13 

handedness which surprised even Emily, who had been accustomed 
to witness a somewhat prodigal liberality on the part of Tier father ; 
and she playfully rebuked " Reginald/' several times, for his pro- 
fusoness, but he only kissed her in reply, and remarked, " What 
does it signify, Emily, dearest? In what consists the value of 
wealth but the enjoyment it affords?" 

What struck Emily as very strange was this. When Reginal 1 
was courting her ho was so cross, so irritable, and so overbearing ; 
but now that she was his wife, and completely in his power, he was 
all submission, and the most good-tempered and obliging creature 
imaginable. " So unlike most men," she reflected, " who are all 
honey when they arc lovers, but vinegar itself soon after they are 
married. .Dear "Reginald I" Emily patted the head of the Captain, 
who pretended to be sleeping, ran her tapering fingers through 
his luxuriant whiske"s, and kissed his forehead. 

Reginald shuddered beneath her touch. Emily fancied he was 
disturbed in his dreams by some horrid vision, and she awakened 
him. Reginald started up, glared at his wife, and said, " Remember, 
dearest Emily, nothing shall ever part us. 1 love you from the very 
bottom of my heart. Your father is a member of Farlhnent, and 
has enormous influence at the Homo Office. Forgive me, darling, 
if ever I spoke unkindly to you." 

They were now on their way to Matlock from C retna-green. 
At Matlock, Emily, at Captain Hiircourt's dictation; wrote 
several letters to her parents. From her father she never had a 
reply ; but from her mother she received a note in these words — 
" Emily,— We have brought ourselves to think of you like the rest 
of our offspring." 

" I say," said Captain Harcourt, on reading- this laconic epistle, 
"it won't pay lor them to shake us off in that fashion. Our 
exchequer won't bear that, my girl. We must try a penitent touch. 
We will give 'cm a quasi pro confeaso go of the pathetic, with a clash 
of the appeal to a sense of pride, bearing on the merits. Was it 
for this that I told the old lad}', on what 1 considered the besi 
authority, that George the Fourth turned out the Ministry, because 
the _ Secretary of State for Foreign A Hairs would not consent to 
having her husband made a baronet, so much was his Majesty 
struck with her personal beauty, when she appeared at the drawing- 
room? _ Oh, hang it, Emmy, this will never do !" 

Emily could not understand either the tone or the substance oi 
Reginald's observations; but then, Reginald was often so inco- 
herently funny, that she did not attempt to unravel his sentences. 
She therefore contented herself with smiling, and saying, " Never 
"unci, dearest Reginald ; when you come in lor your title, on your 



14 



THE FORGER'S WIFE. 



nncfe'a death, my mother, who is very proud and rain— Mesa het 

" ,^1-will bo only too glad to acknowledge an* receive us ; 
I,, , "fit be possible, we shall be happier then than we are now, my 

0W °« What sort of' a man is vour father, really ?" inquired Captain 
Harcourt. " la he a man of warm feelings, generously disposed ! 

EuiiJv described her father truly, as " the kindest and most 
liberal-minded man in tlie world, and very intellectual withal, but 
rather obstinate and determined." 

" That's all right," said Captain Hat-court; "then I know how 
to deal with bim." And the Captain, who was rather overcome by 
constant refreshment taken during that day, sat down, and, in a 
handwriting resembling copper-plate, wrote the following (T ") 
verses he italicised.) 

"Edmund OnFonn, Esq.. M.P., &c. &c. &c. 
" Sin, — Pardon ine ; but I desire to make ail explanation : I am 
sure you will forgive mo. 

Tlie faults of love by love are justified, 
\\ itli unresisted might the. monarch reigns, 
He levels mountains and he raises plains, 
And, not regarding difference ol degree, 
Abased your daughter and exalted me. 

" Yours obediently, 

"Pikginald Harcourt." 

*^jftSbT , * Q 8: ' ytl,at ^.Orford never took the 
-«n - mf oZ i vindl 1 f,rC ° Urt WM 80me l0w bkekgUarJ 



. 







TOE FIRST DAYS OF HER MARRIED LIFE 



14 



CHAPTER V. 

Captain and Mrs. Harcourt went to Brighton, and there 
rented a house in a very quiet neighbourhood. "For several months 
Emily was us happy as a woman constantly in the society of a man 
whom she loves can make herself. Site now and then regretted 
Hiat she had left her homo so abruptly, but a kind word from her 
husband speedily put her sorrow to flight. 

The Captain told Emily that it was his intention to " sell out," 
since he feared taking her to such a bad climate as that of the West 
Indies, where his regiment was quartered; and he wrote several 
letters to the Horse Guards on the subject of retiring from the 
service, and gave Emily to understand that he was going out to 
post them ; but instead" of doing this, he tore them up in a public- 
house, and converted them iuto pipe-lights ; for wedlock had in no 
Ivay diminished the Captain's taste for tobacco and gin-aud-water._ 

Over his pipe and bis glass, in the back parlour of a tavern, Captain 
Harcourt would sit gloomily. He appeared to have something on 
his mind, and to feel relieved by these stolen visits to the various 
public-houses. The aroma consequent on smoking and drinking he 
dispelled by chewing lemon-peel previous to rejoining his wife ; and 
from this the reader will conclude that the Captain was not altogether 
destitute of consideration for Emily's feelii 

One morning at breakfast, Captain Harcourt suddenly threw 
down the newspaper which he was reading, became deadly pale and 
much agitated. 

Emily was alarmed, and wished to send for a doctor. " No, 
dearest," the Captain said ;" " it is only a passing spasm. I shall be 
better presently." 

During the whole of that day, however, the Captain seemed very 
unwell. He complained of a bad headache, and a pain in the side, 
— oxprcsscd a fear that the air of Brighton did not agree with him, 
and proposed seeking a change by going that night to Portsmouth 
Emily, who never opposed Beginald's wishes, declared herself quite 
ready. A post-chaise was instantly ordered, their trunks speedily 
packed, and, at ten o'clock, Captain and Mrs. Harcourt were away 
from Brighton, 

"It was all the air," said the Captain, when they had travelled 
about five miles. " I knew it was. 1 feell .otter already. My spirits 
are quite buoyant. I feel now up to all sorfca of fun." And to 
prove this, the Captain took oil' Emily's bonnet, put it upon his own 



16 

head, tied her 
mouth, put on h 



THE FOnQF.R'S WIFE. 



boa eloscty round his neck, ami a scarf over his 
is wife' spare cloak, thrust his hands into a muff, 

an( j said, "Emmy dear, should I not muko a capital w 

my hair in paper, dearest j three curls on each side, 
enouffhi darling ?" „ 

"Oh, quite long enough, Reginald dear, said Ein, v , t », 

oon's light she gratified her husband's funny humour, 

%htly twisted up Jiis hair, according to his directions, "three 



and said, " Emmy dear, should 1 not mu 
my hair in paper 
enough, darling ?' 

"Oh, quite long enough, Eegkald dear, ' said Emily; and by 

— „..'„ 7.'™K. e]>o n-i'n t ifi. 'i I hor husband's furmv bumnnn and 

curls 
on each side." 

Captain Barcourfc did make an excellent woman, for a very 
inquisitive and impertinent man, who had been following the post- 
chaise on horseback, opened the door, and peered in, when they 
stayed to pay the first toll, and, after satisfying his curiosity said 
" Two ladies : all right. Beg your pardon." " 

The Captain's funny humour, this whim of his, lasted all night 
He went to sleep (?) in the curl papers and Emily's bonnet and 
did not divest himself of the female attire till davlHjfc 'next 
morning. J ° " 

" What a funny creature you are, Reginald," said Emily, while 
she was combmg out the Captain's curls. " 

" Always was," he replied. « Child of impulse, Emmy." 

Mavmg arrived in safety at Portsmouth, Captain and Mrs 
Harcourt took a small cottage, and enjoyed the sweets of TokS 
for several week,. But one uight, alaa! a coarse man in top- 1 , "ot 
and corduroy breeches, and a blue double-breasted coaTwSh W 
3dfc X' 1 , 1 oTf 1 *** anD0U,lcu ^ U '" ke in "Pon S nd 

5*i arasjj? -— > to the Ga ^ -a*-; »j 

inM..?? Ptai ', 1 ?, a, ' coun *M naturally wry indignant, and asked the 

F m ;S Ptain Har00 " t Protested that it was all a mistake- and 

"1 will do that immediately, dam," said the intruder- "but 

S!;„T ""; fe "3^* tha * «* gentleman, the Sitain- 

X^fcnTV paptam,n1am_theCap?aiStgo 

Iv ' ' Pai * leu f Business demands it, mam." 
Emily, dearest, said Captain ffarcourt, h, a whisper "lam 

. , 11 .::.- ,, . M !•■■'■■ '.' 1 ".';—M „;,:,:" 

f , , " >>-.den.,ty I D once |, appened , , |)i|ke 
ot Marlborough-ay, royalty itself has not escaped. C pose 



IUHCOUM ARRESTED PoR FORGERY. 17 

yourself, clearest. By going at once it will be the sooner over. The 
cSn " * W ' U 8 °° n bG ba ° k " NoW ' don '* **' that ' 8a 



CHAPTER YL 

Jmily fancied that her husband had been arrested for the debt 
of some other person. She bad no idea of the truth— that he had 
been apprehended on a criminal charge. He had been absent ten 
days and had never written to her. She did not reproach him 
because she imagined his time was wholly engaged iu clearing up 
this unfortunate mistake. Her fears were for poor Reginald's 
health. What pained her most was that she could not write to him, 
for she did not know his address ; and this put her to some incon- 
venience, insomuch as lie had only left he> a i . which 
were now almost exhausted. All their r?ady money, some two or 
throe hundred pounds, Reginald had thoughtlessly carried away 
with him. 

Captain narcourt, when at Portsmouth, used to receive regularly 
the Exmniner newspaper, and it was from this journal Emily learnt 
that, under tho name of Charles Roberts, her husband had been 
arraigned and tried at the Central Criminal Court for having on a 
certain day forged a certain deed, by which tho Bank of England 
had been defrauded by the said Charles Roberts of a certain sum of 
money, to wit, the sum of £7,850. And alas ! she further learnt 
that be had been found guilty, at "I to be transported to 

New South Wales for the tei ra of bis natural lifo ! 

Charles Roberts, alias Reginald Hareourt, had retained as his 
counsel Air. Hastings, the "rising barrister," who had formerly been 
a suitor for Emily's hand, and most ably did his counsel perform hi 
painful but bounden duty. Mr. Hastings' speech— which Emily 
entirely agreed with, fancying that it bs from the counsel's 
heart— was ingenious and eloquent in the extreme; but theevidenea 
was much too clear, and the proof of Roberts's identity (thegreai 
point in dispute) much too strong to be shaken bv an artful crew 
examination, or explained away by .del i 

Emily could not believe that her husband n »« ™e 

offence, and, having pawned her wateh and dressing-ease* at me 



( g THE FORGF.Il'S WIFH. 

BuwesUon of one of her servants, she basted to town. She did mi 
dure to visit her father ; she knew his stern, unbending disposition 
too well to warrant her harbouring a thoughl or cherishing a hope thai; 
hewouldever forgive her or raisehis voire on behalf of her unfortunate 
husband. And, harder sfill, she- ("ell that her mother's implacability 
would not be one whit inferior to that of Mr. Orford himself. Site 
had many friends in London, yet she know not which, of them to 
consul; in a matter so difficult mid so peculiarly delicate. At length 
it occurred to her that she could not do better than select the 
gentleman who had expressed at. the trial such positive opinions 
respecting Reginald's innocence. 

Emily had listened with a cold ear to the outpourings of his 
n-arm heart, and she had refused his hand, if not with disdain with 
something which very much resembled it: still, she determined to 
plead for her husband at the feet of her rejected lover. It was M ,v 
fa procure : his address She found it in the Court Guide. « Geor Z 
Hastings, King's Bench Walk, Temple." ^coi e 

n, J Y f \ r T hUng hand Emil y touohed the kicker of the door 



Mr. 






"What *„. ' ,l l""- fl t-"ie cicrlc, timidly. 

r Ste d ;:;t^ tri,iciui, ' edMr - H -^^- 

h*JJ& ,Da ** y ° U ' Ve told «• that already. What is her 

glean l^r/^ W ' sir " * t,,ied to find out. But I couldn't 

"Has she come alone?" 

Yes, sir." 
( " Well, admit her." 

to Emn/° U PlGaSe ' "*** w! » you walk this way ?» said the clerk 

"Po^l^om^S t ZfT ° f lhR «» "*• ] 'i s eyes fell 
<>er, pale a,d ' 1 .? , U dev °tedly loved ; w" 



mn he beheld 
ent to a violent 



more eloquent than he had 



REGINALD IN THE nULKS. 



19 



defend? Mr. Husd, n '^ , S' f 'r' J?-*?"*^ lnt to 

oeggedof Mm t0 me hi a influence and oaus Itt 

™cmd,and she pteously extracted from him a „ ,£ 

«uuld hctnend Lor m her serious difficulties. And Z Sked ,im 
"•here "poor Reginald" was to be found. Mr. HaltSgs had 2 
he courage to toll her this. "Eeginald" wasin thohufe, 

Emily called the next day at the chambers in King's Bench 
Walk, arid was informed by the clerk that Mr. Hastings had been 
weeks' suddenly, and would not return for several 

Charles Everest was now a clerk in the Home Office. Mr 
Hastings, m reply to a question put by Emily, had stated that (he 
Home becretary was the only person who had the power of saving 
her husband. Emily sought an interview with Charles Ei 
and Charles Everest spoke to the Home Secretary. The Home 
Secretary could not, ofcour.se, listen to his intercession. 

On her way from the Home Office to her lodging, Emily met, 
near the Horse Guards, a captain in the navy — Captain Bruce— an 
old and intimate friend of the Orford family. Emily unbosomed 
her sorrows to Captain Bruce, but he was unable to offer her any 
assistance or advice, except that which she could not follow. 




Til;; ror.GEivs wipe. 



CHAPTER VII. 

Captain Bruce took Emily to his home in the country, w'ho"e 
himself, his wife, and his daughters, endeavoured to make her 
troubles less difficult to bear. Here Emily had a serious illness, 
and during its continuance her reason frequently deserted her. 
When she recovered, she expressed a wish to follow her convict 
nushandj in whose innocence she still liriuly believed, to New South 
Wales, and share his lot, whatever it might be. Tho folly, the 
madness of this proposal were forcibly pointed out by Captain and 
Mrs. Brucej and by other friends. Bud Emily still remained stead- 
fast in her resolve. 

Captain Bruce, who was not rich, had a large family to support. 
To convey Emily to Australia was more than his means coidd 
rompnss. He therefore resorted to a subscription among Ids most 
Ultimate friends, and succeeded in raising tho sum of £125. 

Captain Bruce saw Emily on board the ship which was to carry 
her to New South Wales, and was shocked to think that such a 
gentle, graceful being, who had been brought up from her infancy 
with so much tenderness and care, should be thus thrown amongst 
tho mass of people then standing on the vessel's deck. Some hun- 
carpet bags were strewed about in all directions. 
Scores of voices were raised in contention with the mates and other 
in authority on board. Men, women, and children, in rags, 
were wandering about, inquiring -where they were to be stowed. 
Some looked aa though they had seen better days, and regretted 
leaving their native land, now that thev were about to sail ; others, 
as though their days and nights had been spent in debauchery, and 
that any change that might come must be for the better. Emily ap- 
peared to take little heed of the miserable creatures around her. " She 
was udiffiwent about her own comfort, and dead to everything except 
the desire of seeing and again living with her husband. 

******* 

i E u' '! y 2"! T k ''' tllC !m Fession that she would have a cabin to 
tierse t, but o tins idea her mind was speedily disabused. She had 
only a berth in an apartment between decks, in common with 
mneother females, steerage passengers. She waH rather disappointed 
attuis ; but her joy at the idea of being at last actually on the way to 
;y, to join dear Reginald, would not suffer the inconvenience 
to Which she was subjected to give her any serious annoyance. 



SAILS FOR NEW SOUTH WALES. 



21 



our of Emily's cabin companions were women of rispoctabla 
appearance and steady mien ; three were persons of doubtful cha- 
racter and frivolous manners, while the remaining two, from the 
style of their conversation, and the grossness of their discourse, 
must have led tlio most dissolute and abandonee! of lives. Emily 
often trembled and shuddered at their horrid stories, which she 
could not help hearing, for these two women invariably talked in a 
loud tone, as though they were rather proud of their opinions, and 
thought it a pity chat any of them should be lost by the limited 
community of which they formed a part. 

One; evening, near the equator, Emily observed than the pi 
banter in which these eloquent, damsels were indulging, was al out to 
lead to a violent encounter, and she ventured, in the kin 
gentlest manner possible, to address them, in the hope— not of a - 
justing their differences— that would have been impossible, for they 
invariably quarrelled about nothing— but of averting a disgraceful 
outbreak. The consequence of Emily's interference was, tl 
brought upon herself the combined forces of these capricious < 
who, disturbed in the amusement which quarrelling seemed to 
them, first asked her-or rather said they should "like to know 
who she was-what she meaut-what business she had to put c-r 
Lrer into other people's pies ; and before Em; y had tune to reply 
_evcn had she been able to do so-thcy called her a vanetvol 
.nines of which— fortunately for her own peace ot m.nd-she had 
o the mos remote idea of the meaning. Emily made no com- 
ptint of Xs treatment, but the captain of the vessel appenfog to 
be informed of it, immediately made mnjMMto wh >»*£*£■ 
for her both privacy and comparative comfort during th< remMMW 

&S>f)S&SSSssast 

departing spirit. , ■ , nsotain Dent, the 

Emuyliadof late frequently com ei ed wit • 1|1;U , v r m le 

eommanlrof theZ./v.^^^^Y:,: h 'i' perfectly 

attentions and kindnesses at hw ^ J< -, „ C aptai 

ignorant of . iverything relating to t he colony, a i { ^ 

li;,dl,io U iVeq l n..llyro l lu-r..T.-i..-l '" _■ ■;■ , ,,,..,,,^1 ir,-lf, 

^mily prefaced her ^estions with a nriei '*"<-* 



nil. . 

Lc could sec that Emily , 

Captain Dent was a kind-hearted, fatherly old gentleman, and h« 

pitted Emily, felt for her as though she had been a child of his 

own. He promised her that she should be comfortab.y housed on 

her arrival in Sydney, and pledged himself to spare uo pains, as 

soon as he could afford time, in ascertaining in what \ art of the 

colony her husband wight bo located. Emily fancied she i 

ascertain (his by inquiring at the post-offiee, but Captain Dent very 

tely gave her to understand that persona in her husband's 

unfortunate predicament had rarely any settled address, and that it 

was sometimes rather difficult to find them, although everybody 

knew they were somewhere in the colony. 

"For instance," said Captain Dent, "he may be in Sydney, or 
lie may bo in Paramatta, or in Windsor, or at Bathurst, or on some 
farm in the tirfer^ 

" On some farm !" said Emily. " Xo ; I don't think dear Reginald 
would turn former; though I should like him to do so, I confess ; 
for we coidd then live on some secluded spot, where we might, never 
see a soul from one year's end to another," 



CHAPTER YIH. 

The emigrant ship dropped her anchor in the harbour of Poit 
Jackson. Had Emily's mind been at ease, how busy would she 
JJ been ' ■ krt *MS the magnificent scenery that now met her 

Numbers of persons came on board, and most of the emigrants 

those who were not so fortunate landed to 

"an* or employ. Amongst the latter were the two young women 

■> ' li: ;' 1 behaved so badly to Emily, and conducted themlolves so 

7" , " ,, - J >' °" *e voyage. Captain Dent took Emily to the hoi se 

o a very respectable widow, w ho used to let furnished apartments. 

it was a,, her house, when he lived on shore, that Captain Deni had. 

tor years part, talten up his afeode. Head oily, as (hey 



S'ltKSH DIFFICULT!',;". 



23 



walked up George-street, not to mention to the widow anytlung 
concerning her husband, and remain as quiet as possible. 

"Why?" inquired Emily. 

"You had better not say anything about your husband, re- 
peated Captain Dent. He longed to tell her, but had not the heari 
to wound her feelings, that persons who, like the widow, had gom 
out "free" to Australia would object lo receive into their houses, 
under any circumstances, the wife of a person under sentence of 
transportation. " Eemain quiet," urged the old Captain, " until I 
see you again. It may be to-rnorrow evening." 

When Captain Dent had left her, and returned to the ship, 
Emily felt unable to keep her promise. She could not rest, tired as 
she was with the exertion of paeldng up her trunks and preparing 
to land. Eeginald, she thought, might be within a short dis- 
tance of her — • perhaps in the same street, or even next door — 
who could tell? Dear Eeginald! Oh, what happiness to meet him 
that night ! To put his long dark hair off Ins beautiful white 
forehead, and kiss the poor innocent dear who was the victim of a 
base conspiracy! How could she exist in such painful suspense? 
So she sent for the landlady, Mrs. White. 

" Could you oblige me," said Emily, " with the sight of a 
directory ? I should be very much obliged to you if you would, 
Mrs. White. I wish to find out the address of a gentleman whom 

I know." _, , ,. 

« A directory, mum ?" said Mrs. White. " There s no directory 
published in the colony; but we have almanacs. There s no need 
of directories, mnm ; everybody knows where everybody else lives 
If you'll tell me the name of any gentleman, I have no doubt 1 .hall 
bo 'able to give you his address." . , 

"Oh! could you?" cried Emily, overcome by her am. sety .. 
seizing Mrs. White by the hand. « His name is Haroourt-Begmald 

Harcourt." ,,.. ,, 

"Captain Harcourt, mum?" said Mrs. White. 
"Yes, Captain Hnrourl ! " said Em (jr. "Do tell me, whew it 

he to bo found ? " ,, ■ na f ;., 

"Captain Harcourt, mum, whom I know verj «*J»»J™ 
Sydney ust now. When in Sydney, he hves m the bgnwta mw 
quarters; but he married only a few days ago, and he has gonemto 
the country with his bride!" .... IUo | How could 

"Married!" cried Emily— ''married ! impossible! ttowcou 

he marry, when 1 am his wife ? " „ ■ j M ,.,, 

« It must be some one else, nam,, whom £»»»»• Jg 
White, "Captain Harcourt has been very - Id, ° ■ but 

,ery tony things, a^ enjoys ajoke,hke most d th. i 



H 



l don't ihmli ho would commit bigamy. 



THE FOliGERS WIFE. 

That's rather too much of 



*° 00 ;' ada *'> my other Captain Harcourt?" asked Emily, in 



"Do you know 
%n agony of impatience. 

..mui!)," said Mrs. White. ., - 

the colony, I bi lieve, is the Captain Harcourt I have spoken oi. 



" Tlie only Captain Harcourt in 
,u,. Harcourt I have spoken of." 
"Describe him— do describe him," said Emily ; for she really 
iga (hat Reginald had forgotten her and 
elf. "Tell me. Mrs. White, is he tall? — handsome ? — cle er 1" 
'•'So, muni; he is short, stout, and plain,'"' replied Mrs. Lite. 
"As to 'cleverness/ 1 can't say; of that I am no judge; but he i 
a great favourite with the ladies.''' 

Though Emilv's mind was at once relieved of the horrible ide 
that ••ili-. ii' Beginnld " might possibly have married some oth rlady 
to keep liis house, and look after liis coinlbrls, still her anxiety to be 
informed of his whereabouts was increased rather than diminished, 

"And you know of no other Captain Harcourt or Mr. Harcourt?" 
she again asked Mrs. White. 

" No, mum ; I am quite sure there is no other person of the 
name in ihc colony," said Mrs. White. 

_ "See here," said Emily, wildly. "I will tell you all, Mrs. 
White; and then you may be able to assist me. Pray sit down. 
Excuse my Troubling you in this way : but if you only knew" (here 
she burst into tears) "what I have Buffered, and what I now sutte , 
1 am sure you would pity me. Pray sit down, Mrs. White." 

Mrs. White took a chair. Emily sat opposite to h r, and 
divulged the sad tale. She was several times interrupted by con- 
vulsive sobbing, and Mrs. White was a good deal affected by the 
narrative. Mrs. White acknowledged that she knew nothing of 
lioberts (Emily was obliged to say that his accusers persisted in 
calling him Roberts); but if Emily could give her Hie name of the 
ship which brought him to the colony, and the date of his sailil? 
from England, she said she could easily ascertain by inquiring a 
the omcu in Hyde-park. Emily said the name of the vessel was the J&- 
i*ot^ and that it was exactly a year sine, her husband had left heme, 
liie Medora ! " said Mrs. White. " I ha\ e an assigned servant 
who came out in that shi,,, and perhapa he may know something 
about lun.. They generally do know all about their Bhipraatea— to 
whom they are assigned, or whether they are reserved for govern- 
ment sown employ, in the offices, or dock-yards, or barracks." 

-But a good deal depends on what he was at home/' Mrs. White 

aodeu. "It he knows asy trade 

"Trade!" exclaimed Emily, interrupting him-«' Trade ! My 
husband was a gentli man-— an officer." 



FRESH DIMlCtJIiTIEB. 

"Oh ! indeed I" 8 aid Mrs. White, « I beg your pardon r* 
fou mentioned that ta name was Earcourt, and came ou here R 
rawtakefor a person called Roberts, la former days Semen 
were called « spmi: i v and were .out to a plaee called Vvl , 
Valley ; but there u no distmotion made no £ '£ 

gen e and simple. All are assigned to t, ke thi i. eh ace" ' 

• How do you mean assigned '!" inquired Emily 

w. v W l' y ' wliea °™ "£"*« se ™ nts . male or I (1 Mra 

White, one applies tor them, and government are only too glad o 
get them oil heir hands They do all your work, and you 
thou, and teed them. Tins young „ an who was , , mc Qnt 

ol the Mcdora was very well to do in Dublin, and his father, who 
is a clergyman, keeps liis carriage; but the young mai 
ported tor some oflence or other, and was assigned to me " 

_ " Poor young man!" said Emily. " And perhaps he was just 
as innocent as my husband was. ' 

"I have no doubt of that," returned Mrs. White, meaning 
what she said, but not in the sense in which Emily 
remark. 

"And do you think he knows what lias become of my Reginald f 
inquired Emily. 

" Most likely," said Mrs. White. " He will be home presently, 
and I will ask him." 

" And how do you employ the young man ?" said Emily. 

"He chops the wood, cleans the boots raid shoe?, and the 
knives, runs errands, answers the door, and makes himself generally 
useful ; and if he doesn't, I stop his tea and sugar, and put him on 
gov'ment allowance — ten pound of Hour and seven pound of eof 
i-ncek, and make him cook it himself," said Mrs. White, 

"Poor thing!" cried Emily, shuddei head to foot, lest 

ihe should hear that " Reginald " was in similar circumstances. 

A woman came in, and delivered some message to her mis 
When she had left the room, Emily inquired — 

" Is that woman a convict? " 




terms, you know." 

Mrs. White heard the man-servaut'a voice in the ....•-■■• • 

said to Emily, "If you will excuse me for a few niiiules 1 will SCO 
If Nelson has returned." 

'•Nelson," said Mrs. Wlul 
alia ■ 1 1 romirton boai 




CG of a east which m prodigiously plebeian, but he 
hadSiportedforax, ■• Ud , to say the least of it 

! 2 sol by anj means such as a gentleman « born and bnd would 
ever think of commit ting. It was for picking au old woman s pocket 
at a fair of a silk handkerchief; a bunch of keys, and a brass thimble. 
But. insomuch as most young men in similar circumstances, and 
especially those from Ireland, were prone to indulge in making out 
that they were " very well connected at home," some excuse may be 
made for Kelson's deSim to exalt himself at the expense of his 
veracity. Not that it made much difference with Mrs. White.] 

"Yes, mum," said Nelson, in reply to Mrs. White's question, 
"Roberts, alius Harcourt. He was a flash fellow, who was lagged 
for forgery : he used to boast of having great parliamentary influence, 
which was to procure him a free pardon and apartments in Govern- 
ment House on landing. I To was employed in the Auditor-General's 
office, being a clever hand with his pen; but he soon misconducted 
himself, and was put into barracks. After that he was drawn by 
Mr. Dawson, of Campbell Town, and put to pig-feeding ; bat he has 
run away, it seems, and is advertised in to-day's Gaselic, with a 
reward of £10 offered for his apprehension." 

" Run over the way, and see if you can borrow the paper," said 
Mrs. White. " Don't be long." 

Nelson went, and in a few minutes returned with the paper. 
There could be no mistake about the person. The advertisement ran 
as follows : — 

" ftym». my assigned servant, Charles Roberts, alias Harcourt, 
per ship Medora, under sentence of transportation for life, absconded 
iron, my employ, on the night of the 13th instant, this is to give 
notice, that a reward of £10 sterling will be paid to any person or 
pe ons who w,ll give such information as will lead to his ipvehen- 

^l.^f"! ,:! "" ; r h ' :n V 01 ' : " lw Boberts > alias nareourt; ship, 
fair- bv» l,, Vi i i.; ,' '\' 1,a -> ^ - age, 3,1 ; complexion, 
su"li- ' ,'i n \ k l "' 0w " ; wl »skers, black ; figure, 

rev imzttts; 

k m. <l,w ,» , ( „. ilH ,, , Wrt> du , :k , romm( wL .^ »g 



NEWS OF H0UERT3, aUAS harcocbi. 27 

frock, high low S h 0es Scotch cap, and a blue bird's-eye pocket- 
handkerchief tied round h» neck. He is supposed to have gone ♦« 
Sydney, with a view of making his escape from the colony. 

"James Dawson, Campbell Town.'' 

"What a villain!" exclaimed Mrs. White, putting clown the 
paper. < 1 should not be surprised to hear he has turned bush- 
ranger. 

« No chance of that, mum," said Nelson. « Ho was one of t! , M 
fellows who would talk the hind-leg off a dog, but would not 
have the courage to lace a small boy or a big musquito. Laziness 
has made him run away; and when he sees the advertisement in the 
paper ho will get frightened, and give himself up, mum." 

Mrs. White was afraid to give Emily these tidings of her husband, 
lest they should cause her a fit of illness and detain her in the house 
tor some days. She could not help pitying Emily, but felt that it 
would be extremely prejudicial to her own interests to permit a person 
whom she knew to be the wife of a convict, and that convict a run- 
away—perhaps a bushranger— to stay under her roof, even for a 
short, time, as a lodger. Mrs. White, therefore, returned to Emilv, 
and regretted that her servant Nelson could give no information of 
Roberts's locality. She then recommended ""Emilv to take some 
repose, and be prepared to get up very early in the morning and 
accompany her (Mrs. While) to the house of a person who was a 
clerk in a government office, and who would bo sure to know where 
her husband was to be found. 

" Could we not go to-night, if you are not too much fatigued?" 
inquired Emily. 

"Impossible!" said Mrs. White. '-The person whom I mean 
lives a long way off Go to rest now, and you will rise quite 
refreshed, and able to set out on your journey in the morning." 

Emily went to bed, but could not sleep. If she closed her 
eyes tor a moment, the most frightful visions presented themselves, 
bnesaw her husband dancing before her in chains, or standing on a 
platform which they told her was a gallows ; or, tied to a cart's tail, 
re was being flogged, and his Mood streaming on the road; or, 
nyingirom his pursuers, ho was Bhot, wounded in several parts of the 
body, and dragged toprison by the hair of his head. Thus disturbed. 
sne remained awake the whole ntghfc, till the daylight, for which she 
so anxioudy watched, came streaming through the chinks in the 
"■««*•■ Jiifldy sprang up, and hurrii | ,( fustaa 

wiQwttsputtingon her bonnet, the womanservnnl I kodat her door. 

fW„ '-ir' 7 ,,?" 10 ill! " "W 0Qt K,)lil y; "I»m unite ready, 
tome in, Mrs. White." 



28 



THE FORGER'S WIPE. 



The servant entered, and sai< , "Please, mum, it fl me. am 
,orry to say missis was taken very dangerously ill m the night, mum. 
We had to fetch the doctor, and thought she would have died, mum 
We were eoing to wake «w, mum, at one time, to come down and 
see missis; but wo did not like to disturb you, mum, as we thought 
you were tired." 

" 1 wish you had called me— I was awake, said Emily. But 
I hope she is better now ? " j# 

■• Oli ves, mum, thank you, missis is a httlo better, replied the 
woman j " but the doctor says, mum, that she must be moved imme- 
diately o(T the ground floor where she now is ; and there is no other 
room but this, mum." 

"Dear me, how unfortunate!" exclaimed Emily, abstractedly, 
gazing out of the window. " Oh, of course," added she, recollecting 
herself, "I will vacate the room at once; put me anywhere you 
please." 

" But unfortunately, mum, we have nowhere to put you," said 
the woman. "The room that missis is now in must be given up to the 
nurse, who has been sent for. She has a little girl that always 
comes with her, mum, and she cannot do without a room to herself." 

"Do you know of auy other respectable lodgings?" inquired 
Ilium v. 

" Kv, mum, I do not," said the servant (for her mistress had told 
her exactly what to say). « But it strikes mc, mum, that the best thing 
you roulu do would be to go on hoard the ship, where you could 
.aveanice eaton, now that the p* sengers are all out of her, and 




- "->(W, mum. 

for Sttffi "t&* ^ *»™ *• ™ 
"jBhall see Captan Dent the 2 JuuT^V M J roaaoae ^ 
by this i about iy poSSS^ haVe hear(1 rom " 




IN STARCH OF A HOME. 



29 



CHAPTER IX 

What was Captain Dent's astonishment on seems EtniW ™a 
her boxes alongside the Lady Jane Grey. The toSSmS 1 
in the stream, and no companion laddo/was y^ rfc™ 
was lowered, and Emily once more stood upon thfdeck, where « 
was in the same state of confusion that she beheld on embaK- a 
Gravesencl \\ hen she told the Captain what had passed on the pre- 
vious night, he could easily comprehend Mrs. White's sudden and 

rr, S fr Jl- W3S V6X 1 d *, hafc Emil ? had bGen so invmAat 
as to tell Mrs. Wince so much of her history, especially as she had 
been warned not to do so; but, poor creature, he thought she had 
enough agony of mind to bear already, without having her raffivim 
aggravated by any useless reproaches ; and he therefore withheld 
them. 

Emily's eyelids were red and swollen with weeping ; her cheeks 
very pale,and her limbs so feeble, she could scarcely stand. 

Captain Dent ordered Emily's boxes to be placed in one of the 
stern cabins, and caused to be removed from his own, a couch, a 
table, and an easy chair. The chief mate contributed a looldng-glnss 
and a toilet-table ; and the second mate gave her some red damask 
curtains to keep out the glare of noon-day, and obstruct the view of 
persons approaching or leaving the ship. 

" You must not tease me now," said the Captain to Emily in a 
gentle tone of voice, and with a cheering smile on his lips. " You 
must have some breakfast in your cabin, and then you must take a 
composing draught, and lie down. You had no sleep last night, 
At two_ o'clock we will dine, and then I will manage to go on 
shore with you, and devote myself to your service." 

Emily, who was fairly exhausted with fatig le, fell like a child in 
the hands of the Captain, and promised to obey all his commands. 
She took the draught and slept soundly, through all the noise and 
bustle on board the ship. 

Refreshed in mind and body, Emily awoke about one o'clock, 
and prepared for dinner. The dress she wore on this occasion was a 
very becoming one— a plain black silk, without any kind of ornament 
except a small topaz brooch, " Reginald's " first present to her. The 
people on board had never seen her look so well or so cheerful. Shs 
was siill, perhaps, under the influence of the opiate, that is to say 



q THE FORGER'S WIFE. 

the happy feeling "Inch the drug often produces had not entirely 

d *25fa Dent and Emily landed at a place called Dawes's Bat- 
tery, at about a quarter past three in the afternoon. Thence they 
proceeded, on foot, through the government domain, towards that 
part of the town where they were most likely to find a small fur- 
nished cottage to be let on moderate terms. On the way Lactam 
Dent espied', at a distal Be, a gang of convicts heavily ironed, and 
guarded by some half-dozen soldiers, mending the roads. He 
immediately led his charge in another direction, to avoid tlicin. for 
he feared it was just possible that " Reginald " might be one of that 
gang, and that Emily might recognise him, when an unpleasant scene 
would to a certainty ensue. Before Emily could be prevailed upon 
to look for a cottage, she wished the Captain to take her to the 
office which Mrs. White had mentioned — the office where she would 
learn her husband's address. The Captain objected to this, insomuch 
as he thought it would be move satisfactory for him to go alone to 
the office. Emily, however, was so earnest, so eloquent in her 
entreaties, indeed she so piteously implored him, that he was coni- 
peUed to yield to her request. ^ccordrogly, he shaped his course 
office of the Superintendent of Police, whore the name, de- 
M-riptiom and character of every person who had been transported to 
Sydney, from the foundation of the colony up to that date, were duly 
registered. They arrived at and entered 'the office, Emily leaning on 
C aptam Den , arm. He wished to leave her below while he went 

Sfij 5*4 T Uni ' , nd ^ ardaUthat P^cdbetween himself 
"1 , ° *•?"» ,vhom 1,e ^dressed across a counter, whereon 

"""ffiid : 7" '' i h ^>™* WB« of colossal propXT 
^mL } S ° me a "y '"iorawtion," said Captain Dent "re- 

>r," said the clerk, smiling; « I wish T could » 



IN SEARCH 09 A IIOME. „. 

The clerk withdrew one of ti,™„ i 

placard contained the substance of £ d trl Upt T" D , ent ' This 
and lt was about to be posted on t wX 5T* " ^ *""«* 
0&ee > I"'-"- and market-place in "c f ml ■ ^ C0Ur - t ' ' ,olice - 
upon many of the prominent tree, o£S s S^uSf- ?"* ^ 
Emily s eyes hastily scanned the pKaS 1 but sh h ft roadSl 

Snettalift^ 

^^^^^ * tl- coW ind 

charge through the streets When Z °"** h ' S "lunate 
the shore to the ship Emilv W Y WGro ° n tI,oir ™9 <™n, 
stared wildly a fflj (Lta£ LltSf FT? fr0m hcr -«£ 
but the old'man LepflKS £lf SS ? ^ T^ 

»/- 3?-£3B SSJ^r" f " r " isl,cd ""* * 

&! L „?' ta ' n De ", t " ; '^ ; now re ^y to sail, w«* Cape Horn 
HS oWin " ,:i ", " , 1 ' plured E,ni ^' t0 «**» ™ th "»* to inland 
^doievn'n Sl T he , te ™^ * h ««* severely tried bispatlenee 
KkSLTt^ u h V poke . ( £ th0 TOnvict Ro ** rta ns an incorrigible 
ae ; ,0 , ld r w f' lcr under fal * e pretences and allse 

K5 SS^dSSSEf no * to " pon her ■*"*""■ Bat 

"Knowing as I do, ''aaid ahe, "that what you have lost ex- 
waea, Captain Dent, whs MakataA l,., +!,. a u;„.i...t r....i;,,'„., „,. i 



man whom 1 have loved, whom I still love, and whom I shall 
continue to Jove, believing him to be innocent, .So long as he 
may remain in this uncouth and cvml land, here also will I remain; 



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THE FORGER'S WIFE. 



a i <„vnr mnv be his sufferings, he shall have that consolation 
m d whatever way M m sun ? j wonk , wthep wm . k 

Sti: ' c Sriid^h fetters on my feet^hare with him 
£ "t food, and a bed of straw, than return to the home of 
» father or my friends, and partake of all the comforts, luxuries, 

»nd caietv that once fell to my lot." . . ,«.■,.,,. 

With tears in his eye. the old ship captain raised Emily's thin 
hand to his lips, and, kissing it affectionately, bade her ■ fare- 
well." 



CHAPTER X. 

Nelson, Mrs. White's assigned servant, was out one evening 
on an errand, Walking down " Brickfield Hill," he met Roberts, 
who was disguised in person as well as in dress. 
"Hulloa! is that you?*' said Nelson. 

Roberts .started, and, giving Nelson a look which was meant to 

say, '-Yon have made a mistake," he moved on. Nelson followed 

him, and, walking by his side, said, « It's of no use your attempting 

-hemp.. I know you; but I aui not going to split. Just 

and treat me, ;v.A 1 will tell you something which you'll be 

glad to hear, perhaps." 

After looking round to see that there was no one near, Roberts, 
feelrag tlli „ he was in Nelson's power, replied, "Sam, I'll make it 
all ngfal with yr, u . 

«m!£5l# w t Cb B*»e&4to a pnhlic-house, called the 
Wheat Sheaf, whore Roberts ordered half a pint of rum, and 
i ™» for two. When they had seated themselves in 

*• he «*P. ma had drunk "luck" to Sci other 

1 mmenced the dialogue. ' 

«5 pu have to tell me?" he inquired. 

Perhaps you know,'' said Nelson. 4 

-SSffidtW ^^'■^hatiBifcr 
Iteared the ceiling. swelling the festoons v mish as they 

restina his elbows on the iMo, 



XrrT'v knoc ™e the ashes ou 

«.t "?'n ' '"V. lt '"'•""t'-lK- i 
I say, Charley," 5ai j No , S0IU M ( . 



AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN TWO CONVICTS. 33 

and placing liis chin between the palms of his hands, " where's vour 
wife 1 

Roberts replied, " I forget now where her last letter was dated 
from." 

" Where is she, I say ?" returned Nelson. 

" At home in England with her frieuds," said Roberts ; " unless 
she has taken the office of Maid of Honour to the Queen, as perhaps 
she will do, just to exert her influence, and procure my free pardon." 

"That's all you know about it," said Nelson. " I've seen your 
wife, talked to her, received coin from her hand. Believe me or 
believe me not, but it's true, so ." 

"None of your nonsense," said Roberts. 

"There you go, again!" cried Nelson. 

"Don't talk so loud,'' said Roberts ; "I am not deaf." 

" Then hear this," said Nelson, in a whisper: "she is in Sydney; 
and if you can make it worth my while, and will meet meat the 
market-place at ten o'clock to-night, you shall see her at a quarter to 
eleven." 

" You are chaffing me," said Roberts ; " you want time to givo 
the office, and have me taken. You think it would make you good 
lor a ticket-of-leave. I see your dodge, Sam." 

'•' No, Charley, believe me, on my honour, you are mistaken," 
said Nelson. "I know I'm a convicted villain, but I have still a 
lingering regard for friendship, and all that sort of thing ; and what 
I have spoken is the truth. Your wife is in Sydney. If you doubt 
it, I'll describe her." 

" Do," said Roberts, eagerly, holding up his ear to catch Nelson's 
every word. 

"I'll do it as if she was, like you, Charley, a bolter, with a 
tcn-poundcr offered for her apprehension by her missis in tiio news- 
papers," said Nelson. 

" Go on," said Roberts, impatiently. 

"Name, DTarcourt," said Nelson; "ship, Lady Jane Grey; trade 
or calling, emigrant, age, twenty-two or twenty-three ; height, Ave 
feet seven; hair, dark brown ; eyes, hazel: nose, slightly curved ; 
mouth small, with white teeth ; complexion fair, bur pale ; long, tliin 
neck, and very small ears. Walks remarkably ereel ; irears on little 
finger rjflefl hand a white oorm lian sel in gold, and on third finger 
of ditto a pearl ring as a guard lo wedding-ring. .Has a habit ol 
saying, 'You are very kind,' to anybody who does anything lor 
her." 

"Hold!" cried Roberts, his bosom swelling with the hopethat 
Emily's presence in Australia might be of service to liim— '• Whore 
is she to be found?" ■'• 



THE FORGER'.S WIFE. 



Si 

Sam." 



CHAPTER XI. 

George Flower was a great character in the colony of Now 
South Wales. He had been transported for discharging, in cold 
blood, the contents of a double-barrelled gun into the body Of 
a young squire who had seduced his sister. This misfortune had 
overtaken Mower when he was ouly nineteen years of age. He was 
the son of a gamekeeper ; and a handsomer lad had rarely breathed. 
Flower had received a conditional pardon from the Colonial Govern- 
ment for capturing, single-handed, three desperate bushrangers, for 
whose apprehension a reward of one hundred pounds had been 
offered in the Government Gametfe, T'lower was now a " sworn 
Domtable," and as a thief-taker was without a rival in the colony. 
So many attempts had been made upon his life, that, like Macbeth, 
Flower used to boast of having a charmed existence. His sagacity 
was on a par with his courage and personal prowess ; and in many 
points he strikingly resembled the blood-hound. He walked about 
the police-office in Sydney with a swagger which spoke a conscious- 
ness of his superiority in his profession. He was a hard drinker, 
but liquor rarely had any eH'uet upon him— that is to say. it never 
Interfered with the exercise of his faculties. Although he made a 
gyeat deal of money by capturing runaways and claiming rewards, 
Flower was always (to use his own phrase) "without enough to pay 
turnpike for a walking-stick." Like some other men in much Loftier 
positions, his "attachments" were too numerous and too transitory 
to admit of his living within 1 lis means. He had no fixed residence ; 
but was generally " to be found," about sunset, at a public-house 
tout by a Jew, called Pollack, immediately opposite to the police- 
office. Flower was just on the point of proceeding to Paramatta. 
when Nelson approached him, and said— 
"Mr. Flower, 1 want to speak to you." 

No great man was ever more easy of access than George Flower, 
and no oue more pope!,! }Kj ,;,,. ,„, j,,.,,,.;,,,,,, ;il . (( : , 



A CONVICT-INFORMKK. 



35 



" on the square." His word was his bond ; ami he never made a 
promise, either to do a favour for a friend, or bring about an enemy's 
ruin, without completing it to the very letter. After hearing what 
Nelson had to say, Flower ordered his horse to be put into the stable, 
and invited Nelson to have a little dinner with him. It was a pro- 
minent feature in Flower's character, that he had no petty pride 

none of that vulgar prejudice which most emancipated constables 
entertained, against men in an actual state of bondage. It must 
also be mentioned that no informer dared to name his price for 
putting Flower upon a scent. His terms were well known : half-a- 
crown out of every pound. 

" He has only been out a short time, you see," said Flower, 
confidentially, " and at present he's hardly worth having — £10 from 
his master, and £-j from the government. Are you quite sure he 
would never grow into a bushranger, and be worth fifty from the- 
government, besides a ticket to anybody that wanted it — yourself 
for instance ?" 

"Never," said Nelson. 
" What was he ' lagged' for ?" said Flower. 
« Forgery." said Nelson. 

" Oh!" groaned Flower. " Thc-n there's no hope of his taking 
to powder and shot. Forgery ! I never know a forger that was worth 
his salt. Forgery ! perjury ! larceny ! bigamy !— all those crimes 
endine- in ' y ' ought to be made death, and no repriei e. ^ i by they 
send such fellows out here, I don't know. What werej/ou lagged 
for?" 

'•' Stealing," said Nelson. , 

« Stealing ! Under what circumstane.es 1" said Flower. " Don t 
speak false. I can find out, you know, in five minutes. ' 

Nelson detailed the particulars of his ofteuce, and Mowet 




he said, in an apologetic" tone, " I beg your pardon. 

glaS k'was :| iSiv arranged that Nelson was to convey Roberts to 
Emily's cottage/and leave him there, at a quarter to eleven odooK. 




-THE FOEGEIt'S WIFE. 



CHAPTEIt XTI. 

T| e ; vind blew keenly rom - •^•^^ (o m 'J e J^ 

"'"• " ^'Tt v, ton oV- ol. ami the convict Roberts, at the corner 
*§T \j XXSsly waited for Nelson, who was to conduct 
i° ,7t'h St « wE wretched wife had taken up her abode 
tirtSC^ ***** Jest they should be those o 
son oi.ul.lo who might take him into custody He waked 
sSliily to the other side of the street to wait far the subdued 
Se, which it was understood Nelson was to give as the signal of 
tie oast being clear. Presently Roberts heard that whistle, and 
Beared his shipmate. Nelson, having taken from Roberts _ every 
&r&ing that he had about, him, led the way. When they arrived at 
Emily's cottage, Roberts leaped over the palings and looked through 
the crevices of the shutters. Emily was seated at the table, reading 
her bible previous to retiring for the night. 

" All right, Sam, it is her," said Roberts to Nelson. 

« Am l"your friend, or am I not 1" asked Nelson. 

" You are," said Roberts. ' ' Off with you 1" 

Nelson obeyed him, and in another moment was out of sight. 

Roberts tapped at the shutter, and Emily, alarmed, inquired, 
"Who is there?" (| 

" It's -me, Emmy darling ! It is your Reginald, dearest !" said 
Roberts, in a low voice. " Open the door, my own dear Emmy ! 

Emily recognised the voice ; but she could not believe her cars. 
"Who is there?" she again demanded, to satisfy herself ; and she 
placed her ear close to the window. 

" Reginald, my love— your own Reginald!" said the convict. 
" Don't make a noise, dearest; open the door." 

Emily's doubts were at once dispelled. She flew to the door, 
unlocked it, and beheld once more her husband! Under other 
circumstances, his altered appearance — his costume — his sunburnt 
face and hands— his shabby clothes— would have struck her forcibly ; 
but just then, when she was in the arms of the man to whom she 
had given herself in passionate and confiding love, she was so overcome 
with the feeling of joy that they had once more met on the face ot 
the earth, that she clung to ldm as fondly as she did on thedr.y When 
she became his bride. 



ROBERTS RE-CAI'TURF.n. 



37 



"Tell me, dearest Reginald," sawl Emily, "tell me the truth— 
*o not bo oUendod with mo for questioning you— but do, with your 
own dear lips, assure me that you have not been guilty of the 
crime they impute to you ; tell me truly, Reginald." 

"I am as innocent, Emily, as your own dear self," said Roberts ■ 
and he called upon the Almighty to witness his assertion, 

" And you are not Charles Roberts? You are my own Reginald 
llari'ourt ? It is false that you are an impostor ?" 
" False as hell !" said Roberts, theatrically. 
"Thank heaven!" exclaimed Emily, clinging to her husband 
and falling on his breast. " Oh, Reginald, I am so happy. Never 
mind, dearest, our present troubles. Truth in the end" is sure to 
prevail. For some wise purpose, Reginald, it is ordained that we 
should bear this awful reverse of fortune, and let us bear ic as 

cheerfully as we best can. Oh ! Reginald " 

At this moment Georgo Flower, who had contrived to secrete 
himself fe) Emily's bedroom, whence he overheard all that had passed 
between the convict and his wife, broke upon the scene — not 
abruptly, but in the quietest manner possible. Having gently 
opened the door, he raised a pistol and brought " the sight" to bear 
on Roberts's breast. He remained in that position until he had 
caught Roberts's eye, when he called out, " If you move hand or 
foot, you are a dead man '. Stand as you are I" 

Roberts stood aghast ; and Emily, terrified to the last degree, 
ink into an oak arm-chair. Speechless she beheld what followed. 
With his eyes, which were like those of an eagle, firmly fixed, 
nd with his forefinger on the trigger of the pistol, Flower slowly 
pproached Roberts. "Bolter!" said George Flower, "you know 
-in penalty of even putting your hand into your pocket" Gradu- 
lly he came within arm's length of his victim, who stood pale and 
gitated. Suddenly Flower sprang upon Roberts and secured Ilia 
ands, and in another instant his wrists were in a pair of brightly 
olished handcuffs. 

"Now then, by your leave, I'll go through the usual form, said 

.'lower. "You need not be alarmed, madam," be ; Ided, turning 

■ d Emily, "but I really must pick his pockets— first, oi lua 

andkerchief," ho continued, spreading it on the table; "secondly, 

of a oh! ah ! you did happen to have a little pistol about you, 

did you? Is it Loaded ?" 

"No!" said Roberts, feebly. 

"Thirdly, of a pipe, and fourthly, of a small tin-box, containing 
—eh? what'? oh, you artful 1 you owdacious lifer! a oer tificate oi 
freedom, eh ? Who have you robbed of this, 1 wonder 1 » ay, 
describes you exactly! Hen's that? Eulloal Why, you must 



88 



T.'TE forger's wife. 




hav 

Seen 
be. 

atUt-TfS^-A A small tin bo^' (Flower passed 
fi to .ho inventory), '-containing a forged certificate ol freedom 
Why, this alone would hang you," argued Flower, and as I cannot 
afford to lose you yet, I'll put it into the fire, and say nothing about 

it " 

' Roberts involuntarily thanked Flower for this act of grace. 
Emily knelt down and prayed, but the words she uttered were 
inaudible. „ 

" There's no need of giving this little pistol to the government, 
said Flower. "It's a pretty little thing." (He placed the weapon 
in his waistcoat pocket, with a complacent smile.) "Then that 
reduces the property found on the prisoner's person to this handker- 
chief and this pipe. Well, that will not hurt you, anyhow. Have 
you got any monej ?" 

"Not a farthing," said Sol 

" Well, I'll put a shilling and a few coppers into the handker- 
chief," said Flower, "just to make an appearance in the court, and 
show that you are not a desperate character. It will look suspicious 
(for me) if I find no money upon you." These preliminaries 
arranged, Flower was about to lead Roberts to the nearest cells, and 
there lock him up, when Emily fell upon her knees. Flower's iron 
heart was touched by her tears, and gladly would he have relin- 
quished the reward, and set the convict at liberty, had ho dared to 
do so. 

"He shall be treated with the greatest kindness and considera- 
tion, for your sake, madam," said Flower. "It shall not go hard 
with him : that I promise you." 

" Oh, thank you, thank you!" cried Emily. "Ah, sir, if you 
only knew how cruelly he has been treated you would have pity on 
him, as well as on me." 

" You may depend upon rae," said Flower, in a kind and soothing 

voice. " To-morrow I will come and bring you good news. Make 

yourself quite easy, madam. Good night. Come along, Charley,' 

in? turned to Roberts; "' I've a comfortable bed and a hot supper, 

and a bottle of port wine, all ready for von at my house." 

# * * * • * * 

Flower had not walked more than twenty paces with Roberts, 
when he pulled up beside a lamp post — one of the very few in that 
lonely street— ami by the dim light lie looked peering!} into the 
convict's hazel eyes. 



CSORGE TTOWER'S ACT OF MBBOY, 



39 



"I have a precious good mind," said Flower, "to take your 
handcuffs oO", and blow your brutal brains out. I'll swear I did it 
to prevent your escaping. It could be done," lie added, with a 
■movement of the head which convinced Roberts, not only of the 
practicability of the measure, but of tho earnestness of the man who 
contemplated it. 

" Oh, don't, for God's salce ! It would break my wife's heart! 
Why should you shoot me?" said Roberts. 

" To rid that beautiful and amiable lady of such a villain as you 
— to make her free of the crime, the curse, of belonging to such a 
diabolical scoundrel." 

" Oh, pvay don't! You would not murder me in cold blood, 
surely?" said Roberts, growing more and more alarmed, as he 
watched the action of George Flower's mouth. 

"Murder!" cried Flower. "That would not he murder. It 
would be praiseworthy homicide — an act of mercy towards one of 
God's fairest creatures. I could forgive your forgeries, your thefts, 
your anything else ; but what business had you to marry a lady 
like that — to link her to your felonies, and then deceive her by 
calling God to witness your innocence? I heard you, joudog, 
tell her those falsehoods. Had she a brother T 

" No," said Roberts. 

"Then let me take off those handcuffs," said Flower, "and 
I'll fancy myself her brother. If you attempt to run away, I'll 
send a bullet through you." 

"Oh, pray don't,''' said Roberts. "Pray, Mr. Flower, dont 
strike me." 

His entreaties were in vain. Flower unscrewed the handeufls, 
and leisurely thrashed Roberts to the cells, where he locked torn up 
sa the ooidesft and most uncomfortable apartment he could find. 




40 



THE FORGERS WIPE. 



CHAPTER XIII. 

Emilys wrong's had filled the mind of the lion-hearted thief- 
faker. He could not rest. Late as it was, he saddled his horse 
(Sheriff), and galloped to the cottage to give Emily some good 
advice. He tapped at the window, and said, " Throw a cloak on, 
Mrs. Harcourt, and let me speak to you. I am Flower — George 
Flower, who was here a little while ago. Don't be frightened, Mrs. 
Harcourt." 

Emily, who had not retired, opened the door and allowed Flower 
to enter the cottage. 

" You must be very careful in this country, Mrs. Harcourt," said 
Flower, "They are a queer set of people. You must not leave your 
shutters unbolted, or you'll be robbed, and murdered, perhaps". I 
got in without any sort of difficulty, while you were reading here, 
all alone. To-morrow night I'll send a man down to protect vou, 
and if you lose anything he shall be answerable for it," 

" Oh, you are very kind, Mr. Flower," said Emily ; " very kind." 
'•Don't mention it, madam," said George, his eyes tilling with 
tears. "Id part with my heart's blood to serve 'vou; for you 
I me of the days of my boyhood, when my father was Lord 
\\ aldanes gamekeeper, and the young ladies used to come down to 
the Lodge, and talk to my mother and my sister, and sometimes to 
inc. Ah, Mrs. Harcourt, we were as happy a family as any in all 
d, until a young gentleman— one that I used to so shooting 
':""' ^ was like a brother to— came and talked of love to my 
B.ster Bessy, and robbed her of her honour and her virtue. I 
couldn t stand itj, Mrs. Harcourt. I took his life, and they trans- 
ported me for it ! J 

"Deal- me ! " cried Emily ; « I have often heard the story, and 
heard you pitied. It happened near Ye w bray Bridge." 

it did so," said Flower, elated at the'idea that the deed had 
become notorious "It did, madam ; I am the man. It was not a 
mme or I should have repented of it before now, instead of 
Story ng m ,t, as I d,d and do. Do you know the country about 
xewbray, Mrs. Harcourt?" J 

" Yi ;s ; my father's estate joins that of Lord Waldane, of whom 
you spoke," snid Emily. ' 

w Indeed I" said Flower, looking at her reverentially. 



a thief-taker's gratitude. 41 

« My father was member for the county at that time — Mr. 
Prford ; you may have heard of kim," said Emily 

Flower rose from tho chair on which Emily had politely re- 
quested h.m to sit down. lie contemplated her with curiosity, 
pity, and respect. He could not speak for several minutes, bu 
tears, and they were scalding hot, chased each other so rapidly 




—the gentleman who saved my life by going to the Home Secretary 
on my behalf. You know I was cast for death. You here, in this 
accursed jail ! You the wife of a man transported for life I You 
in Botany Bay ! This is a strange world, but I never expected to 
witness a scene like this I" The thief-taker went down upon his 
knees, and with the fingers which had long been used to roughly 
handle the most desperato criminals, he gently pressed, with tho 
spirit of an idolator, the feet of the wretched woman, who shrank 
at the thought of being alone with, and touched by, a man who had 
taken the life of a fellow-creature. 

" I will repay the kindness your father showed to me when he 
came to see mo in the condemned cells, with heavy chains upon me, 
boy a3 I then was," said Flower. "I can do anything I like in this 
country, Mrs. Harcourt. They say I am the greatest man in this 
large island, and I believe I am. Members of council, and magis- 
trates, when they meet me, pull up and say, ' Well, George, how 
ire you 1 ' There's notlung that I can't do. I might own thousands 
upon thousands of acres of land, and flocks of sheep, and herds of 
cattle, as big as Macarthur's or Wentworth's, and I might have lots 
of ships in the harbour, like Cooper and Wright ; but what use 
ivould they all be to me, when I can't get rid of that thought, 
ivhich is always uppermost in my brain 1 — why had not that mau 
that I killed five hundred thousand lives, instead of one, for me to 
rake ? — I mean tho man that seduced my sister Bessy. She was a 
iear girl, and very good looking, and gentle, and nice spoken, and 
oh ! so bko yon, that you might have been sisters.'' 

"Be kind to my unfortunate husband," said Emily, in reply to 
this impassioned harangue. "Be kind to poor Reginald, Mr. 
Flower." 

" I will," returned Flower. "But don't say Mister — it feels so 
cold and distant. Say George, do this, or do that, and it shall be 
done." 

"Have my husband restored to me," said Emily. "I care not 
how frugally and humbly we may live, but all I want is to be wit i 
my husband. I want to be alone with my husband." 



._ T nE PORGBR'S WIFK. 

" «Tt slnll be done." said Flower. " I, who have the power of 

i^USta, in « «5igpp F]o ^ say * 

shall be done; but you must wait for a fortnight. 



CHAPTER XIV. 

Flowbb did not over-estimate Lis influence, when lie informed 
Emily of iis extent. By fair means or by foul, there was nothing, 
t1 itGeorge could not do. In the police office lie exercised 
su|irome pc be was in a subordinate position; and 

"amongst the gentry of New South Wales" there was scarcely 
a person who was not under some obligation to him, cither for 
recovering cattle, horses, or other property, that had been stolen, 
or for appro slirangers who infested the roads between 

Sydney and their estates. Mr, Dawson, Epberts'a master, had a 
particular regard for George Flower. He had on one occasion 
lorn an eye-witness of Flower's wonderful coolness and bravery, 
when a gang of convicts rebelled, knocked out the brains of sundry 
oversoersj and set authority at defianoe. 

When Flow i . he returned to the cells where Roberta 

was locked up. With a very le, he gave directions that 

Roberts should have a bed to lie upon, a plate to eat his victuals 
irom, and home tobaceo now and then, if lie wanted to smoke. 

" Don't speak to me, you villain," said Flower to Roberts, when 
the latter returned thanks for the former's kindness. "Don't look 
at me, even, or 111 spoil your beauty, you white-livered, black- 
fa arted, pettifogging,* filthy-minded, douhle-dUiilled essence of a 
rdly, Crmgmg, woman-d iving criminal. You are a nice 

Si *° :,n officCT ™& a gentleman!" 

Hereupon he seized Roberts by the left ear, and' pinched it 

"1,, bin be taken into curt at ten o'clock this morning 
Johnson, ana remanded for a weeli " m \,\ l?l ... , V , ° 

fnnst-ii.i.-. • ■ . ' l ll "" (,1 i toabrothes 

r„ s / *<**■».*. 

♦ Kobertii had been an articled clerk to an attorney 



OEOTIOK FI.OWF.R AND HIS HOUSE. 43 

« A.11 right," returned Johnson. " Is he worth anything ?" 
«No, the beast; only £10," said Flower; " and here am I with 
a ride of thirty miles there and thirty hack before me." 

* * * * ' • 

It would be difficult to say which of the two was superior in the 
endurance of fatigue, and in abstinence from sleep and food- 
George Flower or his little horse, Sheriff. 

Sheriff was not more than thirteen hands high, and Flower was 
not less than twelve stone ; and yet they had frequently been seen 
together at Sydney in the morning, and at Bong Bong at night— 
tho distance '-.jet ween the two places being one hundred and lour 
miles, the road a very bad one, and several rivers and broad streams 
to wade through or swim across. 

Sheriff had shared many of his master's dangers, and bore the 
marks upon his compact body. When the famous Donahough, from 
behind a huge iron-bark tree, upon the Liverpool-road, discharged 
from an old Tower musket a handful of swan shot, at the distance 
of eighty yards, at George Flower, Sheriff received a goodly number 
of them in his left shoulder, and one in his left eye, which destroyed 
the sight thereof. On another occasion, a bullet, which broke 
George Flower's arm, had struck Sheriff on the near quarter, and 
left a large mark ; but (to use Flower's own words) "he never said 
a word, but stood like a stone, as if he enjoyed a lark of that sort."' 
And there was a small piece out of Sheriff's right ear. That, too, 
had been lost in an engagement with the enemy. 

Onward jogged Flower and Sheriff, as jauntily as though there 
was no danger to be met with on the road. The huge pockets of 
Flower's fustian shooting coat contained each a large pistol, and 
several pairs of handcuffs; and in each waistcoat pocket there was 
a small weapon, besides the one which had been taken from Roberts. 
In his trowsers' pockets were sundry rounds of ball cartridge, and a 
clasp knife, with which Flower had been " compelled to hamstring 
two of the gang whom he caught in the hush near Prospect — the 
one a fifty pounder, and the other a twenty-fiver," besides "a 
sweat at the silver swag," which "they had just taken from two 
harmless gents, avIio had come out free from England to buy sneep 
and cattle, and dun farmers, and all that sort of thing." 

Flower considered it a part of his duly to enter every public-house 
on the road; and in the days we write of, they were about l'oui 
or live miles apart. Out of compliment to the landlord, he always 
drank something, 

With all the bar-niaida Flower was a prodigious favourite; he 
was always so lively and pleasant in his conversation — SO kind and 
gentle in his manners; but invariably so respectful and modest in 



i; tiik. forcer's wipe. 

his demeanour. No being in tins world was ever more completely 
,;. der the influence of the softer sex than George 1 lower. Alter 
Inflicting summary punishment on a prisoner, and using the strong- 
est language, in the verandah of a public-house, he would approach 
a female at the bar, and talk to her in a strain which was frequent y 
refined and sentimental. With young children he was a perfect 
child himself. He would encourage them to pull his hair and 
Whiskers, beai him wifh his own whip, which lie would put iuto then- 
tiny hands— give them a ride on Sheriff, or chase the fowls and 
ducks round the yard for their especial amusement. 



CHAPTER XY. 

" What ! Flower . exclaimed Mr. Dawson, on George riding up 
and touching his straw hat to him. 

'-Good morning, sir," said Flower; "I happened to have a 
kttle business in this quarter, and thought I'd just look in and say 
how do ye do, as I was passing." 

f r, m $?$*£* to see you," said Mr. Dawson. " Get ofl; and 
send the little horse round to the stables for a feed of corn, and 

adveXS " g ° f PWte a " d S Pipe ' and teU me of y° ur 

" Not many to tell, sir," said Flower. » There is not a re-d)v 

By ffS'ii'" B"2»*?- he »«* £100) « among >Z 
J*g fc Dawson, there's a little money of yon,, hr £ 

"H«^%w^^ 

I'd be very much obhG toW, < '•'! ^ lay llol(] "' ilM "' 

have any cok or ! w / r\ '' a,ld ^<» t"e £10 you should 

Vj] li:it -;„ ; -year-old batch. I amvery 

asked Flower!' he b6en and done aching besides running away?- 
"Done!" cried Mr. Dawarm nn i 



the 



" A 8W0P." 



45 



them to complain of mo to the nearest bench of magistrates. 1 have 
been represented as a master who limes their flour, and feeds them 
on shins of beef instead of wholesome flesh, and as one who works 
them to death. Before that fellow came here, 1 had not occasion for 
three years to get a man punished ; and since he came, almost every 
man has either been flogged or put upon the treadmill." 

"I know you are a good master," said Flower. " But tell tne, 
Mr. Dawson, how did you employ this runaway ?" 

" Why, I used to set him to shell lndian"eorn, skim the cream 
off the milk bowls, drive the parrots out of the wheat fields, feed 
the pigs, and on baking days, attend to the fire in the oven, and all 
such light and easy jobs I used to givo him, for he had never been 
accustomed to hard work, and could not do it; it blistered his 
hands." 

" Why didn't you break him in to bullock driving ?" said Flower. 

" Because I pitied the blackguard at first." 

"Ah! pity's a dangerous tiling in this country, Mr. Dawson," 
said Flower ; " a little of it ought to go a very long way. I've 
known many a promising young man ruined by pity. Now, sir, 
suppose I was to get a scent of this Roberts and arouse hiiu from 
his slumbers by rattling these handcuffs in his ears, what would you 
do with him after he was punished?" 

" Turn him in to Government." 

" Don't do that, sir. Look here, Mr. Dawson," said Flower ; " I 
applied to Gov'ment the other day for a servant, who turns out to 
he a tailor. He made these clothes I've got on, and very well made 
they are. But of tailors in Sydney there's a regular glut, and my 
tailor cannot earn more than nine and sixpence a-week, out of 
which 1 take seven shillings. Now, your lawyer — I know he's a 
lawyer — would be able to earn at least a pound a-wcok, copying 
papers and all that sort of thing ; and by keeping a tight hand over 
him I could turn the fellow to good account. Why not make a 
swop 1 You have got a lot of men, and you might buy cluck and 
cloth, and let this tailor he always employed, instead of buying 
ready made slops in the market. " To tell you the honest truth, I 
have got Huberts in my possession, and have come here to talk 
about him ; never mind the filly and the £10, give me the man and 
take the tailor, and I'll be satisfied. The papers can he got ready 
in the office, and Gov"ment*8 sanction I'll procure by the time he's 
dealt with." 

Mr. Dawson accepted Flower's proposal, and the business being 
concluded, George saddled Sheriff and returned to Sydney. Hi) 
•rent at once to Emily's cottage, where he found her in great grief. 
Her writing-d cs k had' been stolen, and it contained all the mom}*' 



46 



TIIR l-'OKCEIi'S WIPE. 



she had in the world, besides sct 
precious in ker sight 



oral little trinkets which wore very 

,is distress you/' said Flower, after a few minutes 
reflection ; " you shall have it back to-night. 

« Pray ait down," said Emily ; " you look very tired. 
"No," Mrs. Harcourt, I will not sit down, said Flower. 
"Will Eeginald be restored to me?" 

" Yes " 

« God blesa you !" cried Emily ; "you are indeed a kind friend 

Flower oantered Sheriff down to Mrs. White's house, and called 
out, "Nelson." 

Nelson came. 

" I want to talk to you, my boy, about Roberts," said Flower. 
" Just come into the Barrack-square with me. I'll leave my horse 
at these palings." 

Nelson, who was flattered by this condescension, accompanied 
Flower into the Barrack-square. 

" I say, where' s that writing-desk?" said Flower, when they were 
alone. 

" What writing-desk?" said Nelson. 
_ " That writing-desk," said Flower, striking Nelson on the 
bridge of the nose a blow which swelled up both his eyes and felled 

him to fte earth. " That writing-desk," repeated Flower, placing 
the ihick sole of his boot upon Nelson's neck. "Gurgle up tho 
receiver, or I'll squeeze out your poisonous existence." 

"Abraha-. Nelson. 

" If ever you steal that writing-desk again," said Flower, leaving 
Nelson on the ground, writhing iu pain from the kicks he had r,f- 
u ml in glve you sudl , tlu . ashing a3 win 




A. RECEIVER OF STOLliN GOOD3. 



*7 



CHAPTER XVL 

When Flower loft Nelson, lie. directed his steps towards the 
police office, where he provide* himself with a "jemmy," an instru- 
ment used by burglars for effecting an entrance. Tims armed, he 
hastened to the residence of Mr. Isaac Abrahams, an old Jew. who 
had been transported to the colony so far back as Governor Bligh's 
administration. 

Mr. Isaac Abrahams was very rich ; he had become so by being 
engaged in various occupations — to wit, receiving stolen property, 
lending money at usurious rates of interest, crimping, dealing in 
second-hand clothes, and keeping for many years a public-house in 
that part of the town of Sydney which is frequented by sailors — a 
place called « The Rocks." ' 

Abrahams and his wife were in bed when Flower arrived at their 
dwelling. Without any sort of ceremony, Flower inserted the 
"jemmy" into a window shutter, which he wrenched from its 
hinges. lie then broke a pane of glass, put his hand through the 
aperture, drew the bolt, lifted the sash, and vaulted into Abr; 
dining' parlour. 

The Jew heard the noise, got out of bed, and called aloud — 

" Who's there V 

"It's only me, Ikey," cried Flower. ''You need not 
down. I am coming up. It's only me — George Flower, Ikey." 
In another moment Flower was in the Jew's bedroom. 

"By heaven! Mr. Flower, what do you mean?" cried the Jew. 
" Why do you come into mv bedroom ? At this hour of night, 
too <" 

" On business, Ikey." 

" Then why do you come like a thief, breaking into the house? 
Couldn't you knock at the door V 

"No, Ikey. Fish up i 1 : writtn v-box you fenced this after- 
noon!" 

"Are you mad, Mr. Flower ?" 

"No, Ikey; but you must be. To think that a man of your 
time of life, with all your money, should go putting your neck into 
the noose for a paltry thing like that. To think that you shouldn't 
be able to leave off your old ti id our fortune] 

*orbea his familial 



48 THE FOR CI 15 r'9 WIFfi. 

manner) "would lag you to Norfolk Island for life for fencing (hat 
box." 

"What box?" 

" Now, none of your nonsense. I can't stop here all night. 
And if I have to search for it, and find it* I'll take both you and the 
box away together." 

" Take a glass of spirits-ancl-water, Mr. Flower," said the Jew, 
blandly. 

" Well, I will," said Flower, " on the lid of that writing-box ; 
fish both the box and the grog up at one dive — they are both in this 
room." 

The Jew opened an iron chest, in which he kept the title deedi 
of lands mortgaged to him, bonds, promissory and bank notes— 
jewels, gold, silver, and other valuables ; and from this chest the 
Jew reluctantly brought out the writing-desk that Nelson had that 
day stolen from Emily's bedroom. He then produced a case bottle 
and a tumbler, which Flower half filled with liquor. 

" Ikey," said Flower, after he had refreshed himself with the gin, 
' I am awfully hard up. Lend us a flimsy. I don't want to be hard 
with you, Ikey. Make it a fifty, for which I give you my verbal 
promissory note, payable with interest." 

vim "^'?° W f/ f dthe Jcm ;> "I always had a great respect for 
you, and I ve often felt sorry that you didn't belons to our ni 



suasion. 



"Don't flatter me, Ikey," said Flower, "or you'll make me 
vam,and vamtyis a bad tiling; so stump 'up the Ce^and Z 

for £50 J °H a - ain viM [ e, V, 1 ' <? iro " chest > and P^uccd a bank note 
where the Jet"! 3 ^ ^ ' whwk ™ ** very fa distant from 




AN ATVRPT IN FALSEHOOD. 



49 



CHATTER XVII. 

The next day Roberts was placed at the bar of the police office. 
Flower appeared in court, and made a deposition to the following 
effect : — " I, George Flower, police constable, hereby make oath and 
say, that this deponent HV3S the prisoner at the bar in a house in 
Castlcreagh-street, on the night of the 26th instant. That this 
deponent took the prisoner into custody, and found upon his person 
a pocket-handkerchief and a pipe, here produced ; that this depo- 
nent, after apprehending the prisoner, who is an assigned servant of 
Mr. Dawson of Campbell Town, proceeded to his master, and in- 
quired whether he had any charge to bring forward agahi3t him, 
beyond that of absconding from his employ, and this deponent states 
that the said Mr. Dawson told this deponent that he had no charge 
whatever to bring forward against the prisoner in this court." 

"Did he make any resistance, Flower?" inquired the magis- 
trate. 

" None whatever, your worship," said Flower. 

"I suppose fifty lashes would do for him?" said the magis- 
trate. 

" I don't think he could stand fifty," said Flower. " The mill 
and the Carter's Barracks crop would suit his circumstances better, 
your worship, i" think. As he has never run away before, seven 
days, perhaps, would be a sufficient lesson." 

Roberts was accordingly sentenced to seven days on the tread- 
mill, and was forthwith removed to Carter's Barracks, where, pre- 
paratory to entering upon his punishment, his hair was cut as closely 
as possible with a pair of very sharp shears. f 

Flower made an excuse to Emily for her husbands absence, by 
savin- that he had gone up to Campbell Town to got his clothes 
from Mr. Dawson's ; and meanwhile Flower negotiated " the trans- 
fer." _ . . 
When Roberts came "off the mill." Flowerwent down to Carter s 
Barracks to receive him. " Holloa,Captain I" cried he, jot iarenow 

my assigned servant, and I'm going to l,ave yon down at that la ,( 



, assigned servant, and I'm going to leaveyou down at **J«™ 
iDCaBtlereagli-streetJusttolookafterthepreni.ses. u.-mM - . 
WMe they were walking down the rood, Bower 1 harangued 
Roberts: "Don't suppose, you miserable Chiet,' he ithus began, 
« that you are going to lead a Hie of idleness. Quite I he ontrnry. 



[intend to make ^ouwork. I shall letyou outtos 



analloin '\ lor 



so 



THE FOIIGER'S WIFE. 



tliiet- ponnd a-week, and if ever you absent yourself from office— 
and I shall keep a sharp look out upon you— I'll dust your jacket 
mth this cane, and you know how it makes you tingle, don't you?" 
Anil fearingthai Roberts's memory might be treacherous on this head, 
he gave him several smart blows on the calves of his legs, which 
made the convict dance in the street and cry for mercy. _ "And if 
ever j on say one word to your wife of how I serve you," said Flower, 
"you'll be missing some fine morning, and no one will ever hear 
anything more about you. By the bye, what plausible reason can 
you assign to your wife for that blacking brush condition of your 
infamous poll, you pettifogging blackguard, you ?" 

" I'll say I had a stroke of the sun,'' said Roberts, "and was 
obliged to get my head shaved the other day." 

"Capital!" cried Flower. "If I'd known you'd have been 
so ready as that, I'd have spared you that last stroke of the cane 
which I gave you just now. There's another thing I wish to say," 
continued Flower; "never ask your wife for money, and if she 
oilers you any, don't take it. If I find you disobeying me in this, 
I'll flog you within an inch of your life. And don't allow any of 
your acquaintances ever to come inside the house where your wife 
is — do you hear 1 And see that the garden is weeded with your 
own hands, and everything kept in proper order. I shall come 
down pretty often, just to see how you're getting on, you know. 
You understand me 1" 




— you at present conceive." 

i ttont wisli to have any of your talk," returned Flower; 

and as for my kindness to you, I give you to understand that 

you re under no obligations to me whatsoever. I tell you plainly. 

that ii I had my will, I'd hang you this very day." 




FLOWERS TREATMENT OP ROBERTS. 



CHAPTER XVHL, 

Flower hired out Roberts, as ho threatened, to an attorney, at 
a salary of £250 a-year, for Roberts, it was discovered, had a very 
good insight into the art of special pleading and the principles oi 
conveyancing. In short, Roberts was a very clever fellow, and 
could do an immense deal of work, when he was so disposed, in a 
very short time. His salary was drawn every week by Flower, and 
duly handed over to Emily, who increased this income by giving 
lessons in music and dancing. 

Roberts had provided himself with becoming apparel, and lus 
external appearance once more resembled that of a gentleman, 
Although Flower hated him with the same intensity as ever, he had 
nevertheless no fault to find with him, and was rejoiced beyond 
measure to see Emily so happy and so comfortable in her 
abode. 

At the end of three months, Roberts began to grow wear/ of 

leading a steady and virtuous life. He was sorely afraid of Flower, 

while he continued Flower's assigned servant; and did not lare 

to indulge in the slightest iwegnlarity so long as he was owned by 

so firm and powerful a master. He therefore begged Emily 

quest Flower to transfer him to herself, and thus make him his own 

wife's assigned servant. 

* a » • • • * 

One evening, when Flower weal down to viait Mrs. Hareouri 
(although Roberts was called by his proper name, his wife . continued 
to be called Mrs. fiarcourt), she proposed this transfer ol Iwtf 
husband. , , , . 

"My dear madam/ said Flower, "it won) .1 end to y - i 

misery. What hold, I should like to know, « -aid y<m have upon 

"'"" Whafcholcl !" cried Emily. " Whs hold can there be 




« My flew I taWtfUflW* " ll "" '"' bM " 



53 THE FORCER'S WIFE. 

band is all that you have described him; but in my opinion it 
would be as well if matters were allowed to standa-s they now are. 
Seo how happy you are ! What more can you desire ?" 

" Yes, it is very true, George, and I ought to be, and I am, 
very grateful indeed, for all your goodness to me, and to my un- 
fortunate, innocent Reginald; but oh! il' you would grant me tins 
request!" said Emily. _ 

" I tell you it would bo the worst thing in the world, Mrs. 
Harcourt," said flower. " Do you suppose I should refuse, or make 
any objection, if I thought it would be to your advantage 1 Now, 
take my advice ; do not press this any further." 

But Emily had promised her husband that she would press it. 
" All, yoii were never so obstinate before," she began. " Of 
late you seem quite changed," 

" Obstinate!" exclaimed Flower. " Obstinate ! I'd go through 
fire and brimstone to do you a service; but to grant what you now 
ask would be downright madness." 

" Then vou mean to tell me that dear Reginald is not to be 
trusted?" 

" No, I do not say that." 
" Then what can be your objection ?" 
" It would be unlucky." 

" Unlucky ! ah ! you are trilling with me." Emily's eyes filled 
with tears. 

Flower's heart was again touched, and he immediately agreed to 
the proposition, expressing bis sorrow that he had refused her in 
the first instance. 

Roberts came home shortly after this, and Flower presently asked 
him to look at a horse which he said he was about to buy. 

" And so you wish to be transferred to your wife, do you ? 
Oh, how I should like to break your bones!''' said Flower, whel 
they were out of Emily's hearing. 

" It is her own wish, I assure you, on my honour," said Roberta, 
" On your honour !" said Flower, and he kicked Roberts several 
times. 

" I assure you it is her own thought, her own wish," Roberts 
repeated. 

In his violent anger Flower lost his presence of mind, an«? 
instead of beating Roberts, as was his wont, in such a way as <o 
leave no visible marks, he struck him a heavy blow in the face, 
which laid open Roberts's upper lip. 

Roberts took out his lawn pocket-handkerchief, and applied it t: 
his mouth, which was now bleeding profusely. 

•Turn upon me, you contemptible forger, you thief!" cried 



FLOWEH'S TREATMENT OF ROBERTS. 53 

And W xth these words J tower gnashed his teeth, and seized EKta 
by the hair , and .hook him with the boisterous ferocity of an Sed 
fiend. « 1 .1] be in atyour death yet," gasped Flower exhausted v 
passion, « I W1 11, I fed j ti j ^j , l wi]1 , j wm ,„' 



CHAPTER XIX. 

FLOWER abstained from visiting Emily for several Gays. 
lo intended to keep his promise, but wished to delay doing so 
,ntil the last moment. Besides, Flower was not quite satisfied that 
toberts would, on this occasion, GOnoeal from Emily the rough 
tundling to which he had been subjected ; and this formed an 
additional reason for staying away. At length Emily wrote to 
flower, and begged him to come and see her, as she had something 
•ei'y particular to say to him. It was curious to observe the sudden 
•hangos in the expression of Flower's countenance when he road 
Smily's note. At first a very pleasing smile — a smile which was 
Sailed up by affectionate regard and pity — played over his line bold 
catures ; then came a scowl and compressed lips, while his eyes 
eemed to flash fire; and then, when he again looked at Emilys 
tiand-writing, the kind smile returned, speedily followed by that 
awful, ay, diabolical look. 

It was just as Flower expected. The "something very par- 
acuta" was the "transfer" Flower went down upon his knees 
dud implored her to forego her demand, and passionately, but 
tenderly, uplifting his hand-, assured her that she was asking him to 
sign the warrant for Boberta's ruin mid her own eternal wretchedness. 
"Mrs. Hareourtl" he exclaimed, "must I tell you the trulnl 



u 



THE FORCER'S WIPE. 



Tes you drive me to do so. Your husband is not what you thmk 
him' not what you have described l.im to be. His outside is like 
Hint of a gentleman; but within he is low, and tainted with the 
ideas and habits that belong only to the very dregs of mankind 

"Mr. Flower!" said Emily, indignantly, "do you imagine that 
Captain Harcourt would deceive mo?" 

•• How eao you be so blind, so childishly simple, as to be im- 
posed upon 1>\ that man. when the very proofs of his deceit are ever 
pour eyes 1" said Flower. " Did he not tell you that he was 
a captain in a dragoon regiment, and that lie had never doue any 
work in his life until he came to this country?" 
■• Nor had lie, Mr. Flower." 

" Then how comes it that he is, suddenly, the best lawyer in 
Sydney ? How conies it that, if you will only let him remain as 
hr now is. lie shall earn £500 a-year, but that if he is freed from my 
authority he will not earn a shilling himself, but drain you of 
nil your little hard-earned savings to gratify his low and inborn 
tastes?" 

"Mr. Flower!" again cried Emily, indignantly. 
" Mrs. ITarcourt, hear me!" returned Flower. 
" No, Mr. Flower, this is a mere pretext," said Emily. "You 
made me a promise, and now you wish to break it." She wept and 
sobbed violently. 

" Don't, cry, Mrs. Harcourt, doi't cry ; 1 cannot stand that," 
said Flower. "I did not mean to hurt your feelings." 

" Then why did you slander poor Reginald ? It is hard enough 
to ho convicted when innocent, and sent to this horrid country, and 
debarred the comforts of his former life, without being vilified in 
such a dreadful manner." 

"Yes, but, don't cry any more," said Flower. 
"As for beii g suddenly the best lawyer in Sydney," said Emily, 
"why, of course he is. Reginald is so clever that he could learn 
anything quickly. He would be the best doctor in a month, if he 
were to study medicine ; or the best anything he gave his mind to 
for a little time. You do not know Reginald, Mr. Fir wcr." 
" I'm afraid I do not," said Flower. 




MR. BRADE SEES EMILY. 



65 



CHAPTER XX 

,,f STJ^ WhSn E 'f ly Was 8tanflin S &> 'ho little garden i„ front 
of her cottage, a gentleman named Eradc, one of the poUce m S 
totes happened to pass by, and see her face. MrffS 
« hsposmon may be described as "very gay/' admired My jJS 
.ngly, and he passed and re-passed several times, and stared at her 
Emily observed tin.,, and retired to the cottage, of which h e ver y 
rarely crossed the threshold. ^ 

Mr. Eradc made inquiry, and informed himself who Mrs. 
JIarcourt was; and further discovered what sort of a person her 
husband was. Mr. Brade's informant also told him of Qeorm 
J! lower s acquaintance with the lady, and suggested that it would bo 
advisable to get Flower out of the way, before obtaining an intro- 
duction to Mrs. Itarcourt. 

To get Flower out of the way was far from difficult. There 
happened to be at large, near Bathurst, three men who had baffled 
all the efforts of the mounted police. A hunched pounds ri < .1 1 
had been offered for the apprehension of each of them, and Flower 
had often sighed to take them "single handed," but he could not 
make up his mind to leave Emily unprotected, for he was in 
constant dread last some person in power should bo struck with her 
beauty, and, iu his absence, cause her annoyance. 

Mr. Brade, while sitting on the bench, took up the newspaper, 
the Australian, and road the hist daring act of the bushrangers. 

".Sivinton," said Mi 1 . Brade to the chief magistrate, "have you 
seen this?" pointing to the paragraph. 

"Yes," replied tho chief magistrate; "I have just been talking 
to Major Doole about it." (Major Boole was also a magistrate, then 
sitting on the bench,) 

" This ought not to be," said Mr. Brade. " These men ought 
to be taken. Let us have a meeting in the private room, and send 
for George Flower." 

" I have spoken to him already," said I he chief, "but lie doM 
not seem disposed to have a vutiuv. 1 don't know what has eonw 
over George Flower, lately. He is getting lazy and timid, I flmcy. 
"Let us all talk to him, and put him upon' his mottle," said Mr. 
Brade. . 

At the breaking up of tho court, George Flower u\ts sent loij. 



TII13 FOnCRH'S H'lFH. 



The three niagfetratos wed with 




.ice, and keeping a public-house. 
"Oh.' a thousand pities!" oried Mr. Brade. 



pities!" cried Mr. ±5rade. " Only fancv — 
hat would the police be without you, George Flower ? You are 
the police ! What are we, without you ? What is the Government 
without you ? Nothing! The convicts would take the country 
from us, if it were not for you ; for the military could never keen 
down the convicts without the police, and I repeat that you are the 
police ! And if you are bent on keeping a public-house, why you 
would have these three hundred pounds to set you up : one hundred 
would buy you a cask of rum, another a cask of gin, and the third, 
a cask of brandy ; and then, after such an exploit, the prettiest girls 
in the country would bo dying to marry you. What a finish to your 
fame it would be ! " 

"As to the money for setting up a public- bouse," said Flower, 
argumentatively, "I could easily manage that. And as for the 
pretty girls," he added, with a smile playing on his lips, " there is 
no lack of them. But the fact is, I don't want to go." 

"Come, come. George," said the chief magistrate, "undertake 
at as a personal favour to all of us ; and T promise you that if you are 
successful your conditional shall be changed iuto a free pardon." 

" 1 don^t care about a free pardon now," said Flower ; " I don't 
want to visit my native land again— T have now an inducement to 
coukr m Countp y» and I wouldn't go home to-morrow if I 

"Ah," cried Mr. Brade, « I begin to think, George, you suspect 
that one of this gang is more than a match for you. They say he 
is monstrously ('lever, cunning, and courageous." 

" A match for me, sir ! " said Flower. « I believe there's only 
Duo person that s a match for rae." He significantly pointed with 
B» forefinger-inB.nuating fcbat the person he alluded to was down 
below. However, since you are all so determined upon it, I wiU 
go and bring ,n tins clever fellow you speak of-dead in a cart, 

Sweet!™ ^ °" rf " tail ~ :iUd ™ doitbefore tllisda y 

«, n0 f! B T^i" C !''f d ? ut t,,e tnree magistrates. Mr. Brade, iu his 
ec stacy held out his hand and shook warmly the small but vigorous 
nst of the dauntless thief-taker, 

Flower that night left Sydney. But before he went on his 



MR. BRADE CALLS ON ROBERTS. 57 

mind. ° Y U a8t B lth ,u » own melancholy frame of 



CHAPTER XXL 

Flower was no sooner out of Sydney than Mr. Brade wrote 
8 very polite note to "Mr Roberts," requesting him to call at h s 
innate residence. Mr. Crude received Robert, with ,xtr w Z 
courtesy, pitied his unfortunate position, expressed his implicit belief 
m the convicts innocence, and then informed Roberts that he 
desired his opinion upon a point of law on so delicate a subject that 
he did not wish to submit it through an attorney lo counsel 

Roberts was of course "highly nattered," and gave Mr. Brade a 
very sound opinion on the imaginary case which Mr. Brade verbally 
made known to him ; and knowing well where Roberts lived, he 
inquired what was his address, in order that he might convey to 
him some sense of the obligation under which he said he was labour- 
ing. Roberts without hesitation gave Mr. Brade the number of his 
house in Castlereagh-street. 

On the following morning Mr. Brade called, and pre 
Roberts with five sovereigns and five shillings, delicately folded up 
111 a piece of silver paper. Whilst he was talking to Roberts, his 
eye tested upon Emily's piano, and upon a basket containing some 
Berlin wools. 

"You are musical, I perceive," said Mr. Brade, addressing 
Roberts in the tone of an equal. 

"/am not," replied Roberts, " but Mrs.— — , that is to say, my 
wife, sometimes amuses herself." 

(Roberts just then felt too proud to say that his wife gave lessons.) 

"Oh! you are married? I was not aware, or " (ho simpered 
and smiled) " I should not have thought of calling in so m. 
costume." 

"Oh, pray don't mention that, In this country one does not 
expect those who have business to attend to should be always 
attired in the garb of morning visitors." Roberts went to the door 
and called out . — 



5g 1UB forger's wipe. 

"Emily, my love, come flown stairs ! " 

Emily, in obedience to her husband's commands, made her 
appearance, but much against her inclination, for she had from the 
window recognised in Mr. JJradc the gentleman who had stared so 
strangely at her on a previous day. 

Mr. Brnde staved for several hours, chatting with Koberts and 
his wife, and on taking his departure lie invited them to visit him 
on the ensuing Sunday, at his villa, a few miles from town upon the 

South Head road. ,,,,,, 

Roberts accepted the invitation ; but when Mr. Bradc had gone, 
Emily expressed her regret that he had done so. 

Roberts, than whom a more cunning man never breathed, "saw 
through" Mr. Brade as quickly as Emily had " seen through" him ; 
but Roberta was not a jealous man, and as his wife did not breathe 
her suspicions, he was determined to foster, rather than obstruct, 
Mr. Blade's desire to become acquainted with them. 

" My dear love," said Roberts, " it is highly desirable we should 
be on terms of intimacy with the magistracy. They have the power 
of recommending persons in my position for pardons, conditional or 
absolute, as the case may be. Who knows but that Mr. Bradc, who 
is satisfied of my innocence, as you will hear him say yourself on 
Sunday next — Mr. Brade, a police magistrate, and lately an officer in 
her Majesty's service, like myself, and on the most intimate terms at 
Government-house — who knows whether he may not be the moans 
of procuring my return to the land of my fathers, and ample com- 
pensation from the Home Government for the wrongs they have 
inflicted upon me by this unmerited banishment? Mr. Brade, my 
dear, is not a man like Flower ; he is a gentleman, a person of 
exquisite sensibility and good taste. You see it in his manner, his 
address, and his conversation. It would be madness, my dear Emily 
to spurn the spontaneous advances of a gentleman of his calibre and 
character." 

Overcome by these arguments, Emily's scruples about visiting 
Mr. Brade were speedily dissipated. 

Sunday came, and Roberts drove Emily in his gig to Mr Brade'a 
country residence, which overlooked a small branch of the harbour 
the world ckson ' ca,lcdRose Bay, one of the most lovely spots in 

The bay is almost semiciroular, and margined by a broad path 
•f cream-white sand. It is so completely shut in that its waters are 
ruvly troubled; and upon this .Sunday they were as the surface 
ol an enormous mirror, which Nfleoted the shadows of the trees 
and rocks skirting this calm expanse of water. 

Butterflies were on the wing, and diamond birds were chasing 



EMILY AT rniADE'S VILLA. 



59 



eacn other from bush to ljusli ; tha mocking-birds were sinking in 
the mangrove trees, and from a distance there came upon the oar 
the low cooings of the bronze-winged pigeon. Heaths of every 
description were in fall flower, but their perfume was drowned by 
the overpowering scent of the mimosa and the wild laburnum. 

After luncheon, Mr. Brads proposed a. walk round the bay, and 
promised to exhibit to Emily, from a certain peak, its transcendent 
beauties. 

They had not proceeded far when Roberts lagged behind, while 
Mr. Brade and Emily walked leisurely on. 

Emily looked behind her several times, and at length stopped, 
and called to her husband, who was now out of sight, — "Reginald, 
are you not coming ' " 

Roberts heard her voice, but gave no reply. He smiled, 
and smoked more vigorously the cheroot which he had secretly 
lighted. Roberts was premeditating a return to the villa for the 
purpose of draining the decanter oi ids delicious sherry. 
Again Emily stopped, and called out, " Reginald ! " 
"I am afraid my husband will be lost," said she to Mr. Brade. 
« There is no fear of that," returned Mr. Brade. "My good 
madam, husbands are not such fools." 

At that moment Roberts was aciing on his premeditation. 
He had drank nearly a tumblerful of the wine, and was pouring the 
like quantity of water into the decanter. He had heard Mr. Brade 
say, at luncheon, that this was a trick his servants were addicted to, 
and Roberts concluded that they would have to bear the blame, 
when this impudent dilution was detected by their master, at dinner. 
Emily began to feel alarmed, for Mr. Brade s attentions, and 
the opinions he ventured to express, were offensive to the last 
cWee. She intimated that she had seen sufficient of the beauties of 
Rose Bay, and would fancytho rest. She then left Mr. Brade s am, 
and retraced her stops to the villa, Mr. Undo walking by her suit, 
and i avtne her the most extravagant compliments. 

When they reached the villa, Roberts was walking Bpn*^ 
foe verandah, pretending to read a book. When he beheld h» « k. 
flushed with anger, approaching the steps and Mr. Brade a tew 
paces behind her, he guessed that she had been »"f*^;,J°**J 
Buffered no species of resentment to ruffle his soul whet^ feaa 
seemingly been eonviotod with his body, and transported in bondage 
to a land where both were it. subjection to every man in l'.° u " , 

For the first time in her life, Emily was ma passom BM 
could not suppose that her husband was a party to the usulta >'■ 
bad been oil 'aed to her. but she thought it was unpardonably d«« 
in him not to have perceived that her personal eharnw (she nai 



60 



II I J ; FOBGEB S WIPE. 



quite aware of their extent) were the mainspring of Mr. Brade's 
civilities. 

•• What ! are you tired, Emmy, dear?" said Roberts. 

•• yes," she replied, curtly, and walked into a room which had 
I .in given up to her, 

•• My wife never was a good walker," said Koberts, cringingly. 

" So ii seems," replied the magistrate, twirling his moustache. 

" She rarely takes any exercise whatever," said Roberts. 

"Ah !'' said the magistrate. 

" It is very warm to-day, sir. is it not?" said Roberts. 

" Very," said the magistrate, imperiously, still twirling hia 
moustache. " I shall drink some wine," and he called to a servant, 
"Bring me some sherry, slave!" 

The sherry was brought, As soon as Mr. Brade tasted it, lie 
placed the glass upon the tray, and looked at the servant. 

"What is this you have brought me?" he inquired. 

" Wine, sir," said the servant. 

•'Wine I" Mr. Brade echoed him in a loud voice, which Emily 
heard. "Wine! you convicted scoundrel! I'll teach you to put 
water into my .vine, Go into my bedroom." 

The convict servant obeyed, and presently Mr. Brade followed 
him. 

"What do you mean, sn," said Mr. Brade, after lie had closed 
the door, •• by watering the wine, when I have guests ha the house? 
Ji is bad enough to do ii when I am alone" 

'•1'lea.ve sir, I didn't do it," said the man. "It was that 
gentleman. 1 saw him." 
^EmUy heard all this, and was shocked at the servant's 




Emily was afraid that' Mv'' r P f "°" S ,'T " n ° «toHii 
. ^dii^-A^ adG -r? u ^flosthemanto 




is servan 



i awful severity of the chastisement he 



y^ouiu content themselves," said Mr. Brade, "with 



HOBETITS'S DISSIMULATION., 6] 

stealing a portion, and leaving the rest unspoiled, I could foreiva 

them ; but watering one s wine— 'lis abominable 1 ' 

"Horrible," said Roberts; 'I have often felt as you now feel. 
But what can one do with a parcel of low rascals ?"' 

"Flog their backs bare !" cried Mr. Brade. 

Roberts, unobserved by Mr. Brade, involuntarily shuddered 
and changing the conversation, praised the beauty "of the villi 
and the grounds. 

"Who designed them 1" inquired Roberts. 

" I did," said Mr. Brade. 

" You must havo exquisite taste in architecture." 

"Yes, I have studied the art very attentively for years." 

"And the result has repaid you'. I never beheld anything so 
perfect. Even the site on which yon have built the villa. ' Amid,! 
eo mnoh beauty it must have been Very difficult where to choose." 

" Such was the case. But at last I fixed upon this spot, and 
nave not had reason to regret it." 

" I really must show my wife the delicate curve of this verandah," 
eaid Roberts ; and he left Mr. Brado to bring Emily forth. 

Roberts found his wife in tears. 

"My dear -Emily, dry your eyes," said her husband. "Here's 
Brade in an awful rage because that villain watered the wine; but 
come out and put him in a good humour by praising the verandah, 
and everything on the premises." 

"And the man said you did it, Reginald." 

" What, love ?" 

"Watered the wine !" 

"What a villain!" 

"And that's the reason Mr. Brade beat him so unmercifully." 

"Of course, my dear. Brade knows that I'm a gentleman, in 
every sense of the word — that I'd scorn a tow action. He hates a 
liar, and so do I. He knows me, Brade does. Water sherry? No 
wonder somebody was found to accuse me of forgery! What 
next? Ah, Emmy dearest, Brade's a man after your hiisbnn 's 
own heart." 

"Not in some things, Reginald dear. His manners are too 
familiar with ladies." 

"Bless your heart, Emmy dear, that's only 8 way he ha-. 
Brade's a gentleman, Emmy, and you may always trust a gentleman 
— bred anab> that is to say. Now, come out and tal 
and make yourself agreeable, while 1 d i and look at hisstahlos, 
Remember, my own love, that although Brade is kind to me, 
knowing that .1 am a gentleman; and although in' treats me like an 
equal, or a Buperiot I may say, knowing, as h lain ami 



P2 THE FORGER'S WIFE. 

cousin mm? (Roberts inwardly laughed when ho felt, tho force rf 
this word) " to a marchioness, and nephew of the oldest of the JNova 
KUnets; still, bear in mind that it would be ^ngou to 
both of us if you, by any superciliousness, were to turn his wratft 

" F °" Dear Reginald," she replied, " I am too keenly alive to your 
welfare to admit of my treating unkindly such a friend to you 
as Mr. Brade appears to be ; but I wish George 1 lower had 

" George Flower !— that contemptible constable ; that scoundrel 
that was transported, not for shooting a man, as he says, but for 
arson, setting lire to a poor farmer's barn. George Flower ! My 
beloved Emily, Brade could crush Win whenever he pleased— have 
him put in irons and sent to Norfolk Island for the remainder of his 
natural life, the Kim-burning convict! George Flower! If I 
could only tell to you, Emmy, the barbarity of that degraded 
individual, who, for humanity's sake, I have tolerated out of sheer 
compassion for the creature, you would shudder, dearest! George 
Flower ! I beg of you, out of respect for me, and the hospitality of 
my friend Brade, never to mention his name again beneath this 
aristocratic roof!" 

Emily was seldom proof against the eloquence of her husband. 
Her ideas invariably floated on the rapid stream of words which 
gushed from his lips, spontaneously ; she therefore dried her 
tears and accompanied Roberts into the verandah, where he left 
her with Mr. Brade, while he went to the stables, not to look at 
the horses, but to smoke a pipe and crack coarse jokes with the 
grooms. 

Poor Emily ! she was afraid to resent the affront which Mr. 
Brade's loose discourse afforded her ; for he had now gives her to 
understand how completely her convict husband was in his power, 
und he coupled Roberta and the servant who had recently been 
thrashed bo artfully together that Emily almost fancied she could 
hear her « poor Reginald " screaming under a similar affliction. 
_ It was not Mr. Brade's wont to behave unlike a gentleman , but 
his passions had such an ascendancy over him on that Sunday, that 

5S2T" f l T s,o 1 tl 'V Mai,s h y whien his pwp«w> ^uid be 

a ™rrL; M "* W0, ' ils without SUUCCSS > ™* ** 80W 

adopted oilier measure a. 

Mr. Brade knew that Emily was a woman of gentle birth and 
eOned education. And he graphically depicted the gul 11 
jawiK, be,,:, o^b, ^n^^l^U'lnai^lo,^ d Ho 

815S thou « ht op admitting to a plat* 

In her affections a person of Roberta stamp ? P 



EMILTi's FLIGI11 FROM THE VILLA. fly 

_ Had Mr Brade bo,,, her father, or her brother-and lad his 
object been to d.ssuade her iron, matrimony -nothing could havo 
been more unexceptionable than was his discourse. But he went on 
to propose that she should discard the convict, and seek an asylum 
_a home lor ever— mth hnn, a man of equal birth, and blood, and 
rank in life. He offered to resign his appointment and leave the 
colony with her, and go to any part of the world she thought proper 
to mention. He told her that an ample fortune would be his rm hi. 



father's death, and ii 



nd implored her on his knees to listen to his prayers 

Emily hid her face in her hands, and was silent. 

Mr. Brade mistook this for an assent, and rising, kissed her 
several tunes. She struggled from his embrace, and looked piteou: ly 
into his eyes ; she longed to scream and bring "Reginald" to her 
assistance ; but alas ! she knew the penalty, and, kneeling to Mr. 
Brade, she prayed to him with clasped hands, and in a subdued 
voice : — 

" Spare me, oh, spare me !" 

" You are not offended with me 1" he inquired. 

" No," she replied, falsely ; but her falsehood may be forgiven. 

"May I visit you to-morrow?" 

" Yes ! " (Emily rose, for she heard the voice of her husband, who 
was now approaching.) 

After dinner Mr. Brade tried to make Roberts drunk with wine 
and flattery. Roberts humoured him, pretended to be speechlessly 
intoxicated, and snored in an easy chair. 

Emily endeavoured several times to arouse Roberts ; but ho acted 
too well to give her any hope of success. Mr. Brade then bade her 
contemplate her convict spouse, and criticised him without reserve. 
And he renewed his offers, his insinuations, and his threats — and, 
seizing Emily's hand, kissed it, to her disgust and horror. 

It became late — eleven o'clock — and Emily begged that tlia 
horse and gig might be ordered. Mr. Brade assured her thai 
Roberts was not sober enough to drive, and that the road was very 
dangerous in many places ; and he ottered to drive her home him- 
self. This Emily' declined, and again attempted to arouse her hus- 
band. 

Mr. Brade retired suddenly from the room. Emily heard 1mm 
barring the windows and locking the doors at the bads part of the 
house. No time was to be lost! she prudently thought, and slipping 
from the front door, unobserved, she reached the high-road, bare- 
headed nnd unshawled. She did not keep the road, but skirted it, 
ci caching down behind the bushes whenever she fancied she heard 
footsteps near her. Fortunately it was moonlight, and oho was 
enabled thus to trace her waj r . 



r.i 



Tin: FORGERS .I'IFE. 



Wlier Mr Brade had fastened every door aud window ho returned 
to tl.e room where ho had left Emily. What was his annoyance to 
find she was cone ! Ho was now alone in the house with Robert* 
who pretended still to sleep. Mr. Brade could not believe that 
Emily had left the villa ; ho searched every room, looked under 
every bed, behind every eurtain, and into every closet. He then 
ordered his horse, and galloped along the road, in the hopo of over- 
taking the fugitive. 

Emily saw him pass by at full speed, and before she had tra- 
velled a mile further, she 'heard him re-pass, on his return home. 
Still she kept within the fence until she was out of danger. 

It was three o'clock in the morning when Emily, foot-soro and 
bsarfc-broken, arrived at her cottage. 



CHAPTER XXII. 

Let the reader imagine George Flower, with his hair cut M 
closely as was Roberta s when he came off the treadmill ; imagine him 
unarmed ,n the garb of a convict, a dress of coarse yellow and black 
hvery,and abroad arrow painted, or rather tarred, on the yellow parts 
to show that he belonged to a road-making gang a pak of kaTi leu X 
on ono of his wr.sts, as though he had succeeded in puCo I lof 
hand through, but could not get the fetter from the S writ 

Flower soon fell m with that illustrious trio-MiLVl nr SloW 
and Drohnc-who were the terror of the dfahtotSJ Xhl 1 J I 
recently mot the mounted police, and in a fail £ J I ! ! 

them, and driven away two otl a gM shot two ol 

"Where have you come from?" 

' YC3, ^ WCre «*** m ° t0 & -onty-nve,* and I hit th, 
* Seveuty-five lashes. 



FLOWER AS A BUSimAXGr.n. 



G5 



»veneer n blow on the head with both hands in the cuffs, and did 
(or him." 

" Did you kill him outright?" 
_ "I should just think I did. I put my foot on his throat and 
»ent it there till he gave over breathing." 

" Then you're a roper ?"* 

" That same, of course." 

"And a lifer originally ?" 

" What else ? I'm the man that trie judge cracked the joke 
upon." 

" Is transportation for life a joke !" 

"No, but when J told him that I committed my crime in aft of 
absence, he said 'that's a fit that must last for the remainder of vour 
life!*" ' 

The trio laughed heartily. 

" What a jovial judge," said Millighan, smiling. "He must have 
been an Irishman." 

" No ; an Englishman," replied Flower. 

"Now, look here, young man," said Millighan, " although we think 
three quite enough, still you are so worthy of being one of us, you 
shall be added to our number. There is a devilry in your eye, and 
a taste for fighting about your mouth, that I like amazingly. We're 
all of us sure to be hanged if we're taken, and therefore you'll have 
no sort of objection to bo shot rather than surrender. We have 
been out for more than two years, and if we hare any luck we will 
remain the lords of this bush. Wo are somewhat hard up for 
and we have come down here on purpose to lighten one of c Id Cap- 
tain Piper's drays — I mean the old gentleman who keeps a band, 
.and is fond of dancing. That business concluded, you shall have a 
comfortable home, and a Tower musket, and sundry rounds of ball 
cartridge; and meanwhile here's the horse pistol and the pouch-box 
which belonged to that unfortunate fellow of the mounted police, 
who lost his life in a most glorious manner the Other day. 

"All right," said Flower. "You'll find that I thoroughly un- 
dcrstand my business." 

Captain Piper's drays now loomed in the distance. 

"Here they cornel" cried Millighan j "and you shall have the 
honour of speaking first to the drivers." 

The drays, drawn by bullocks, came slowly up the road I 

Flower, in a" stentorian voice, which charmed the trio, ooinni: 
tt "halt." 

The men in charge of the drays Instantly surrendered} ana 

• A man who is sure to bo hanged when appreli* i 
5 



fUB fobobu's WIPE. 




^rohead tobacco, and a quantity or almonds and ra,sms were .to 
ted, and a small box containing millinery, sife, ribbons tapes, 
bobbins needles, thread, 4c., and, what a pnae! a pair o new 
double-barrelled pistols, two pairs of plated .purs, a new saddle anu 
bridle, and a small chest filled with various median* The dray. 
were then suffered to proceed, and the bushrangers took the shortest 
road to their habitation. 

It was a house made by nature, in a limestone rock, m that 
region of the world where gold in such quantities is now found. It 
overlooked a beautiful valley several miles in extent. Cattle were 
grazing in the valley, and hobbled horses were fattening on the luxuriant 
pasturage. Pigeon's and fowls were feeding about the den, and several 
large kangaroo dogs barked a welcome to the trio on their return. 

There was an old woman in the den, whom the bushrangers 
called " Mother," and a girl of about thirteen or fourteen years of 
age, but prematurely very old-looking ; this girl they all called 
" Sister Sail/" bu t i t is doubtful whether she stood in that relationship 
to any one of them. 

On seeing the keg containing the brandy, the old woman was 
greatly joyed. She speedily produced a large gimlet, pierced the 
wood, inserted a quill into the aperture, and drew off about a pint, 
which she fairly distributed amongst the party, including herself and 
" Sister Sail." 

Guns, cutlasses, pistols, and powder-flasks decorated the walls 
of the rl en; and in a corner were several bayonets mounted upon 
broomsticks, and upon three pegs there were three saddles and 
bridles, all in excellent condition. Such a collection of miscellaneous 
articles Flower, even with all his police experience, had never 
beheld. l 

The furniture of the den consisted of a table formed of a large 
piece of limestone, with a flat surface. It had been rolled into tne 
centre Of the apartment. The stools were smaller pieces of lime- 
stone. On the floor was a Turkey carpet, and upon this the inmates, 
male and female, used to sleep, covering themselves with blankets, 
roo skins, and horse rugs, of which there was a superabun- 
dance. Milhghan, the leader, invariably made a pillow of his saddle. 

There was no door to the den ; and the fire, around wlmdi tnJ 
dogs congregated by night, was a few paces from the entrance. 
The den was so dark, even by day, that it was necessary to burn a 
lamp, but at night it was lighted lip with wax or tallow 'candies. 



' • 



The old woman made some soup out of tl,c tail of a br 
kangaroo an, served up an excellent dish composed of bSl 
maccarom and Westphalia ham. Unexceptional,!, J T \ 1( . 
fully the property of a |ti cuunaudant of Bathmst) v a m ( a«o 
course produced. ftmnlnn* n n ,i f i,.;,,i.: — .i___. 



arge 
«. boiled 
Unexceptionable por t wine (law- 
Bidntt of BatbuBst) was in due 
Smoking and drinking then commenced and in 
these occupations the old woman and the young girl SSSaSd 
George ■ JW Mill wore hi, handcuffs on lis St ? ie li 

ISS S W 1 " S 1 Ilan , d in erau oil ' and 1,aa attempted, but 
.■effectually to draw the fetter over the greaay flesh. Wnow 

brought a file, and began to cut through the hand-cuff, and when 

she grew tired, Sister Sail took up the work. Meanwhile the trio 

tvere engaged in playing "all-fours" with a new pack of cards 

Which had lately come into their possession. 

While the old woman was filing his handcuffs, Flower recollected 
her features. She was a convict who had absconded from the 
factory at Paramatta, some six years previously, and it was sup- 
posed she had perished in the bush. Her name was Elizabeth 
Nbrris, but she was more familiarly known to the police authorities 
as " Tambourine Bet." Playing upon the tambourine at fairs was 
the profession sho followed in England before she imbibed a taste 
for felony, which ended in her being transported for life. The foot 
of the girl was also familiar to Flower, and he racked his brains, 
but without effect, to bring to recollection whose child she was, and 
.where he had seen her. 

" I think that will do," said Flower, when the process of filing 
had continued for about two hours ; and striking the fetter sharply 
upon the limestone stool on which he sat, it snapped asunder, and 
bis wrist was once more free. 

The trio had finished their game, and were re-filling their pipes 
and replenishing their tin pannikins with Captain Piper's brandy, 
when Millighau called out to Flower — 

" I say, what's your name, give us a song." 

"My name is Teddy Moid;," said Flower. 

"Well, then, chant, Monk ; and if you can do it as well a3 yo 
can stop a dray, I make no sort of doubt you'll give universal satis- 
faction." 

Flower, who was rather proud of his singing, at once indulged 
the company with a song admirably suited to their tastes. Tin- air 
of this ditty was that of an Irish jig. It inspirited the old 
woman, and seising the instrumenl from which she derived her 
cognomen, she cried out, "Encore," and accompanied Flower with 
a vigorous beat, 

When the song was a second time ended, the old woman got up 
ti; 1 danced round the den, as though she were once more on a 



run forcer's v/ivu. 



X^Xf^X-Ihe floor, and, one by one, dropped 

Flower dul ot goto ^ • J ^ the human beings 

enconjpas.snig Uie ^^ n n ' ^j M , head aud reC on. 

5*25. ta3£ wTnow as still a, the grave, while the cocks 
noitiea me ue u, « ^ bleating in their pens. 

XtJS h intent into execution, when the terner growled, and 
fi ghan, awakened, inquired of the dog, « What s the mat er 
The terrier barked; and Flow rejoiced that the dog had no 
tongue wherewith to answer fully the question that was put to 

""'"Hold your noise, von little fool," said Millighan ; but the 
terrier disobeyed him, and approaching the spot whore Flower lay, 
re-eonnuenced an angry bark, varied occasionally by a surly growl. 
•'What's the row V cried Flower, pretending to be awakened. 
"Oli! it's only my dog," replied Millighan.; "he knows you 
are a stranger, and he can't understand it. Give him a kick, and 
turn him out of the house." _ 

" Oh no ! he's a good dog," said Flower ; " what is his name t 
" Nettles," said Millighan. 

"Come here, Nettles; good clog, Nettles," said Flower, 
coaxlngly. 

The 'dog was not susceptible of flattery. He declined the 
invitation, and again took up his position near his master's head, 
where he remained awake, watching, until Flower had fallen asleepj 




EMILY'S AVERSION TO MEET BIUDE. 



6j 



CHAPTER XXUi. 

"My dear Reginald," said Emily to her husband when U 
returned from Mr. Brade's, "why did you take so much winelaH 
Light, and compel me to walk home 1 1 could not arouse you, and 
I could not remain there all night." 

"My beloved," said Roberts, "it was very wrong; but 
remember, it is seldom that one meet3 a man of one's own cloth. 
You don't know Evade— you don't know what an actor he is. He 
has the most intense regard and respect for me, and yd he some- 
times, I am. told, pretends to run me down behind my back. He 
does it just to hear what other people say of me. Ho is a man who 
is full of fun." 

"Fun, Reginald?" 

" Yes, my love, pure fun, I assure you. Don't offend Brade, 
whatever you do. He has pledged me his word that I shall have a 
free pardon immediately, and for my sake do not make an enemy of 
a man who can be, if he likes, such a valuable friend. He is coming 
'o dine hero to-morrow quietly, and hear you sing and play. I told 
liin we should make no preparation for him : bui you must seo 
hat there is a particularly nice dinner put upon the table, and J 
rill order in some excellent wine and a very recheivhe dessert. 

" I am not equal to entertaining Mr. Brade, Reginald," replied 
Lmily. '•' The dinner shall be provided, but I will not appi ttr. 

"Emily, my love, you really must make an eflbrl on this oeea- 
ion," said Roberts. "Remember, dearest, for my sake, for the 
ake of my emancipation from this loathsome place of bondage, it 
s your duty to conciliate Brade, and not repulse him." 

' Emily, who had not the faintest idea of the real character of 

he man to whom she was linked, was afraid to mention to him U 

bat had passed on the previous day. She therefore gave as a reason 

•or her disinclination to appear at the dinner, I hat she was poorly 

■iiid out of spirits. 

"But you will be better by to-morrow, my own dearest Eimuy. 
.VIv life, mv soul, you know whal sacrifices your Reginald is pre- 




. which were filling; with tears 



wq THE FORGER'S WIFE. 

With nn aching heart, Emily promised that ^"^^£ 




the impunity which that position afforded Win, was 
persist ia his'iBfamons pursait. • # • 

Roberts had of lace frequently absented himself from the office 




conduct on the voyage has been already described. It amused 
Roberts vastly to hear of Emily's " greenness from the lips of this 
persoD) nrfao us '1 to accompany her details with mimicry. Thus 
entertained, Roberts would lie- on the sofa, smoke his cigar, and 
drink Madeira, on those days when he felt indisposed for work. 

Mr. Brade knew of this, and, a few days after he had dined at 
the cottage, called one morning and delicately conveyed to Mrs. 
Harcourt ,l what a pity, what a shame it was, that a man who was so 
blest with a beautiful and accomplished woman for his wife, should 
be so lost to every sense of propriety as to indulge in such dis- 
reputable company." 

Mr, Brade's motive was obvious, and Emily saw that he wished 
to estrange her affections from her husband. She therefore con- 
cluded i hat Mr. Brade's story was an invention. 

" The idea of Reginald being unfaithful ! It was absurd." 

Had she been in other circumstances, Emily would have said 
this aloud, and ordered Mr. Bradc to leave her house, and never 
more filter it; but as it was, she was compelled to remain silent, 
and listen to offers which Mr. Brade never failed to repeat whenever 
f«e had an opportunity. 

Although Mr. Brade's story was not credited by Emily, never- 
it added to her miseries. The bare thought of " Reginald " 
taking a delight in the society of any oilier woman distracted 
her. 

"Reginald," said Emily, one night, " T have such awful dreams, 



to our imagination when we arc asleep? You dream that I could 
be so wiel< ? d? May you continue so to dream, dearest. Oh, 
Emmyl w» y do you torture mo ? No, never, my love 1 " 



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CHAPTER XXIT. 

There were to be races at Paramatta, fifteen miles from Sydney 
Roberts asked Emily if she would like to visit them. lie knew i'ul I 
well that she would decline. Roberts, therefore, left his house 
alone, in his gig, drawn by his liue-actioncd, fast-stepping, trotting 
horse, one of the best animals in the colony. 

Roberts drove to the top of Church Hill, and there took up the 
Enchantress (he so called his new acquaintance), who was dressed 
in pink silk, trimmed with black lace, and wore a veil of white lace 
upon a white straw bonnet, and carried a beautiful parasol, fringed 
with blue floss silk. 

Roberts's turn out was the neatest of its kind on the crowded 
road ; and his famous horse, JJosphorus, suffered nothing to pass 
him. Tn the boot of the gig was a small ham, a pair of cold fowls, 
several French rolls, and half a dozen Lollies of champagne. 

Mr. Brado knew that Roberts was going to the races in tho 
young lady's company, and ho determined to taMsfy Emily, I 
a doubt, that Reginald was not what she took I im to be, Mr. 
Brade, therefore, ordered one of his constables to proceed to the 
races, and carry out certain instructions. 

It was a lovely day. Everybody in the oolony appeared to have 
congregated on the Paramatta race-course. 

Roberts had -shown oft'" his magnificent trotter, his light gig, 
and silver plated harness, to the admiring spectators; had lost 
a dozen pair of gloves to the Enchantress, by giving her the field 
against, the favourite ; and it was now time Cor them ro discuss the 
delicacies in the boot of the 

When in the very act of carving the ham, having given his 
companion the liver wing of one of die fowls, the constable ap- 
proached Roberts and said — 

"Please may I asi who you are, sir?" 

"1 am Mr. Roberts, 

" Well, hut, Mr. Roberts, whal I wish to know is. are you nee 
or bond '.'" 

•• Why, free ; free as air, or a bird on the ocean wave, 

"Now. I don't want to take an-, and i i advanta« ■;•"•> 

tl ^stable, "and 1 therefore repeat tfraipjcstioii, : "'' '"" a 

man, or are you a Prisoner of the OlOWJl t 



-r, THE FOEGEtt'S W/BE 

"Have some ham and fowl, and a glass of champagne ?" 
"Put down that knife and fork, and answer my questions. A re 
you a free man ? ' 

"Not exactly." . 

"Are you an assigned servant? Or are you in the service of 
government ?' 
"Assigned." 
"To whom '!" 
" To my wife." 
•'Is this lady your wife?" 
"No; she's a friend of my wife." 
"Is your wife on the race-course ?" 
" No ; she's in Sydney." 

i; Will you oblige me with a sight of your pas- ?" 
" 1'ass ! my good sir ! Do you suppose it necessary for me to 
cany a pass ?" 

'• You haven't a pass?" 
"No." 

" Then I am sorry to say I am compelled to tula' you into 
custody for being au assigned servant 'at large,' without, a pass from 
his mistress; ami as a convict cannot possess property, I am bound to 
believe that everything about you belongs to your mistress ; so, pack 
up and come along with me. And you, madam, must go too, for 
how do I know that all that finery you've got on isn't the property 
of the lady to whom this man belongs 1" 

Roberts's companion instantly discharged a volley of abuse 
at the constable, but this had the effect of making him oven more 
disagreeable. 

Roberts took out his purse and offered it to the constable. The 
constable put it into his pocket, then searched Roberts, and took from 
his person a penknife, a pencil-case, and a toll-bar ticket. He also 
took Roberts's gold watch and chain, and the ruby pin which 
1 his blue satin scarf. This operation was performed amidst 
the laughter and jeers of the multitude, who had now formed a ring 
round Roberts's horse and gig. 

Roberts was then handcuffed, and a small rope tied to the 
handcuffs, and fastened to one of the springs of his vehicle. The 
constable then got into the gig, and, sitting beside the Enchantress, 
triumphantly drove off the course, with Roberts in tow, cheered by 
the mob, who seemingly enjoyed the joke— for Roberts had attracted 
considerable notice upon the road. 

Proceeding, as this interesting cortege did, at an easy pace, it was 

by all those who were returning from the races ; and ihe 

majority of the ropany now labouring under the excitement 



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73 



which is caused by frequent drams, the quantity of personal 
pleasantry which was scattered upon Roberts and the Enchantress 
was enormous. 

When they were within about five miles of Sydney, there came 
on one of those violent storms of wind called, in the. colony of New 
South Wales, "a brick-fielder." This covered every one with red 
dust, and the wind being followed almost immediately bv a heavy 
fall of ram, anything more grotesque than became the plight of the 
party it would be difficult to conceive. Roberts, who was greatly 
fatigued, was continually imploring the constable not to let the 
horse walk so fast, a request which was commonly responded to in 
the words, " Hold your tongue, and don't disturb us," for the 
woman had now made herself more agreeable to the constable than, 
under the circumstances, lie had any right to expect. 

They were now at the door of Emily's cottage. Mr. Brada 
was in the cottage at the time. He had been there for at least 
two hours, apologising in the most abject tone for any levity of 
demeanour of which in previous interviews he had been guilty. 

"Dear mo! what's this '?" cried Mr. Brade, looking ont of the 
window. "Dear me! Xo ! it can't be. Yes, it is. Let me conceal 
myself. If the constable sees me here, Fin ruined, What crime 
can he have committed ? He may be brought up before me ! Pray, 
Mrs. Harcourt, lot mo conceal myself. Look out of the window!" Mr. 
Brade rushed into the next room, and almost fainted with the con- 
vulsive laughter into which that magnificent spectacle had thrown 
him. 

Emily immediately recognised the creature who had so often 
chilled her blood on the passage to 2?ew South Wales. She did 
not at first see Reginald. What a constable and this horrid woman 
could be doing in Reginald's gig at her door was more than Emily 
could comprehend. 

The constable came in and detailed all that had taken place, 
leaving Reginald and his companion still outside, the latter seated in 
the gig holding the reins, and the former in handcuffs tied to the 
tail of the vehicle. 

Emily was stupefied, but believing Reginald to have been a 
victim of conspiracy in the matter which originally 1 "'ought him to 
the colony, she was not prepared to condemn him until she had 
heard what he had to say in his defence, She therefore told the 
able that Roberts was at the races with her consent, and 
ii< red that lie might be immediately sot al liberty, 

" And what about the lady, mam i" said the constable. " May 
I take her home in the gig, main ? Poor thing, she is verp 
wet." 



74 



THE FORGER'S WIS"B. 



« You must use your own discretion in that matter; speak to 

^SnZLAlft his own discretion, and very humanely 
drove the Enchantress to her abode, where he received at her hands 
a bottle of brandy for hia trouble. ,.,.... . 

Eoberts threw himself upon the couch m Ins dining-room , and 
fetched himself at lull length. He was too tired to pull off lua 
wet clothes and boots. 

"Dearest," he gasped, "a spoonful— a spoonlul, Jimmy, dearest, 
of brandy— I'm regu-lariy dead-heat!" 

Mr. Brade was looking through the key-hole, and was longing 
to hu<rh at Koberts's miserable but well merited condition ; but u hen 
he beheld Emily administering to his wants, and holding up his head, 
while he drank' the liquor from her hand, his soul was consumed by 
a variety of passions which were never before perhaps blended 
simultaneously in the same bosom. Love, pity, envy, hate, jealousy, 
anger, jo v, and sorrow were all at work together, and Mr. Rrade 
said within his heart, "That man or 1 must leave this colony, if i iot 
this world." 

"Mower! that villain Flower ! Oil, the scoundrel !" groaned 
Roberts. " He promised that he would show me that the transfer 
of myself to you would not better my condition. Who but Flower 
would have thus insulted me ? I could have borne all but being 
csixed up with that horrible woman. Oh, Emmy, judge of what 
my feelings have been I" 

Eoberts was sincere in his belief that George Flower was the 
author of his misfortune, and the conjecture did credit to his saga- 
city, for it was just the trick Flower would have played him, only 
that he would not have allowed Emily to see the young lady. 

A light was now breaking in upon Emily. She began to see 
through it all (she thought). " Poor Eeggye ! 'let me take off these 
wet boots and change your clothes, dear"; and then tell me all that 
lias happened." In a whisper she added, "Mr. Brade is in the 
next room. Ho ran in there to escape being seen by the constable." 
"Oh, Mr. Brade is here ! I am glad of that," said Roberts, " for 
he will see how 1 have been treated, and will have justice done to 
me. Oh, Emmy ! I have not a leg to stand on." 

When Roberts had attired himself In dry clothes, Mr. Brade 
made his appearance, and heard the complaint preferred against the 
constable. A. more plausible story was never uttered, Roberts 
had hatched t on the read, and in point of "circumstantiality" it 
was perfect. 

^ lie had left his gig, (he said) and had gone into the race-Btand, 
When he returned he found that abominable female seated ill the 



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75 



vehicle — polluting the very harness upon the buck of the none. He 
requested her in the most polite manner to leave his gig immediately 
She abused him, and called him oil sorts of names. 

Einily here said she could believe it. She had heard the creature 
in a passion. 

" Well," continued Roberta, " what could I do ? I was obliged to 
call a constable to take her in charge. The constable came. He 
happened to be a friend of the- woman. ' Give me in charge!' said 
the woman. ' Who are you ? What are you ? You arc a convict. 
Give me in charge ? I give you in charge for assaulting me !' The 
constable took her part, and then took me into custody. And, to 
show the animus of the man, he drove her to town in the gig - , and 
tied me, handcuffed, behind, as you saw with your own eyes, Emmy 
dearest." 

Emily had seen it, of course ; and what was more, the constable 
had had the audacity to speak kindly of the woman, and pity her, 
and then take her away in Reginald's gig ; and she saw the man 
laughing when ho left the house ! iCmily was, therefore, perfectly 
satisfied that Reginald had been most grossly ill-treated ; but she 
did not as yet perceive how George Flower was a party to this 
infamous proceeding. 

Roberts explained. Flower was a friend of this constable, who 
acknowledged that he had promised Flower to keep an eye on him. 

Mr. Brade, who felt that Roberta's cunning had completely 
baffled his project, protended to be very angry with the constable. 

" I cannot advise you," said Mr. Brade, " to press the charge in 
public; but I will see that both that man and George Flower sw 
dismissed from the police." 




76 



TUB FOllGEIt'S WIFE. 



CHAPTER XXV. 

Millighan and his gang never left the precincts of the den except 
tliev were in want of supplies ; and being nowpi'ovided with ail they 
required for the present, they engaged in the many pastimes within 
their reach. Shooting and kangarooing during the day — cards, to- 
bacco, and grog at night. Flower rather enjoyed the life, and had 
grown to like the captain of the gang. In addition to bein a very 
plucky fellow, Millighan rode well aud swam well was, a good 
shot both with gun and pistol ; could tell a pleasant story, sing 
sentimental songs; and was an ardent admirer of the fair sex. In 
short, he was very like George Flower in disposition aud accom- 
plishments — as good looking, and as active. 

Millighan, in turn, had conceived a great regard for Flower, and 
had said to George, one day, when they were out kangarooing on 
horseback — " If I should get knocked over in the next battle we 
have with the mounted police, you are the man to stand in my shoes." 
Ay. and Millighan had endeared himself to Flower by other means, 
lie had, unconsciously, aroused George's pride and tickled his vanity : 
and to this lu- was indebted for his life; for Flower's opportunities of 
destroying him were now frequent. Millighan had one night 
(little conscious, in whose presence he was speaking) held forth on 
the nobleness of Flower's character. 

" He is not one of your chic-ken-hearted dogs that fire at a man 
from behind a tree," said Millighan. " He never employs those 
black beasts to track up his prey. He goes out into the open, like 
a man, and challenges his adversary. If I had been in that gang, 
when Flower was shot in the brick on the Liverpool Road, I'd have 
killed the cowardly villain who ilid such a thing. It's a great pity 
that Flower did not take to the bush instead of the police. He 
would have gone down to posterity in the annals of this blessed 
try, in the absence of patriots, as one of her greatest men." 

* * * * * « 

It was now time for another visit to the roads. The tea and 
sugar were exhausted, and there was but very little tobacco 
remaining. 

Slobey was left at home to assist the old woman in the den. 
Millighan, Drohne. and Flower, each armed with a carbine and 
a pair of horse pistols, descended the hill on which their limestone 



TUB BUSHRANGERS VISIT MAJOR GRIMES. 



77 



house was situated. They were on tins occasion on horseback, and 
were, moreover, dressed iu the uniform and appointment*, of the men 
of the mounted police, and they wore their regulation broadswords, 
and the horses they rode were the property of Government. 

Alter winding five miles, over crags and creeks, and through 
valleys and forests, the bushrangers reached the high road, of which 
for the past two years they had been the terror. 

"Monk," said Millighan to Flower, "have you a mind for a 
lark?" 

"Yes," responded George. "I'm up to anything. What is it 

to be?" 

" Why, look here. Let us pay a visit to old Grimes, and taste 
of his hospitality. He is very fond of entertaining the mounted 
police, and lending them stores when they run short. And he may 
give us a newspaper or two." 

"But does he not know the men of the mounted police ? " in- 
quired Flower. 

" Not all of 'em. How should he?" returned Millighan. "Thanks 
to the accuracy of my eye, they are changed pretty often iu these 
parts." , 

Major Grimes had been a major in the Royal Artillery. He 
was now a settler, possessed of large flocks of sheep, near Rnfhurst. 
His store houses were usually well filled with supplies of all kinds, 
and it was quite true that he had been very accommodating to the 
men of the mounted corps, whom he was always glad to see upon 
his premises. 

The bushrangers rode on, and at leugth arrived _ at Major 
Grimes's estate, where they were welcomed warmly, invited to 
alight, and take some refreshment in the kitchen. Had rhe Major 
any news? Yes, the body, or rather, the remains of a body, had 
been found in the Hawkesbury river, and had been identified as 
those of the famous thief-taker, George Flower ! It was supposed 
lie had been murdered ; though one paper hinted, that, as lie was 
drunk when last seen upon the road, it was not improbable that he 
met his death by attempting to swim across. 

All expressed their great regret at this; and Flower had again 
the satisfaction of hearing his own praises sounded by Millighan. 
He joined in those praises, and was very eloquent on his own 
bravery — though he expressed a decided opinion that George 
Flower was a great vagabond, and too grasping after rewards for 
the apprehension of desperate characters. 

"Talking of desperate characters," said Millighan to the Major, 
" what think you of that unfortunate affair in which some of our 
fellows were engaged, and two lulled V 



78 



THE FOnOEJl'8 WIPE. 



"Yes it was a sad business," replied the Major; "bui what 
could vou do-four against nine f Such awful odds." 

•'Awful '." said Millighan. "And all nine brave men, too. 



"But we shall have 



"And daring," added the Major. 
"Yes, and daring," conceded Millighan. 
better luck soon, I hope." 

"I hope so, too," said the Major ; "for I have several drays on 
the road, about which 1 am beginning to be very nervous. They 
took everything from Captain Piper's drays a short time ago." 

" So I hear," said Millighan ; " but I don't believe a word of 
it. If these drivers are stopped at all, and robbed of only a few 
articles, they sell the rest, aud go home empty. At least, that's my 
opinion, Major. Of course, I may be wrong." 

"Here's a nice slander upon your cloth, Corporal, in the last 
Australian," said the Major. 
••What's that, sir?" 

"Why, they say that the mounted police sometimes doff their 
clothes, liide their horses, put on smock frocks and hairy caps — and 
help themselves to people's property." 

Millighan aud his companions laughed the idea to scorn, and 
appealed to each other as to the possibility of such a thing. 

"If the mounted police want anything, they have only to ask 
for it," said Millighan. "At this present we are out of tea, 
sugar, tobacco, _ and spirits, and if you could supply us with 
some, for the price of which 1 will give you an order on Lieutenant 
Mole, our commanding officer, iu Bathurst Town, wq shall be very 
much obliged to yon." 

" Oh, certainly ! — how much do you require ? " asked the 
Major. 

" Why, sir, about five pounds of tea, fifteen pounds of sugar, 
three pouuds of tobacco, and about a gallon of rum, gin, or brandy," 
said Millighan. 

While these stores were being weighed out, Millighan wrote an 
order for payment on Lieutenant Mole, aud slgued it—" Walker, 
lance-corporal." 

"Corporal, will you allow me to speak a f;w words to you iu 
private V said Major Grimes. 

" By all means, sir," said Millighan, following the Major into 
the verandah, where he walked up and down- -his heavy sabre in 
its steel sembai-d dangling at his side. 

_ "Corporal," said Major Grimes, confidentially, "a shepherd 01 
mine this morning told me that he knows the very spot which tho: 
desperate dogs make their head-quartera " 

"Indeed!" said Millighan ; "and where! 



those 



may the spot be?'-' 



THE StIEPIIF.RD's STORY. 79 

"That's the point," said the Major. » The fellow knows the 
fecret is worth something, and he won't; tell ; hut ho savshe'H point it 
out it we will go with him and take a large foree, and promise to obtain 
for him a pardon, and give him a portion of the reward that i- offered ■ 
three of their number are worth £300,— a hundred each, you know." 

"The man's terms arc very moderate," said Millighan—" very 
moderate. Of his free pardon he would be quite sure; but if he 
wants a good share of the money, the fewer that have to do with 
the capture the better. Let me and my men have some conversa- 
tion with him, and who knows that by this time to-morrow we may 
not have the whole gang, dead or alive t" 

Flower was now summoned to the council. He heard with 
well-acted delight what the Major communicated, entirely agreed 
with Millighan that the fewer who had a Land in the capture the 
better, and proposed that the shepherd should be at once sent lor 
and questioned. 

The shepherd repeated his story — that he had seen the den at a 
distance, and could point it out, for he had marked with a tomahawk 
several leading trees as landmarks ; but ho said he could not tfetcrifa 
the way to the den, it was so intricate and round about. From his 
description of the den, there could be no doubt that he was 
possessed of the secret, which, as Major Grimes had truly observed, 
was well worth knowing. 

At first the shepherd declined to go, unless accompanied by a 
large force ; bin after a while he yielded to the persuasive arguments 
Of Millighan, which Flower was compelled to support. 

" How did you happen to stumble across it, my man ? " inquired 
Millighan, when they were about two miles distant from the road, 
and in the heart of a forest peopled only by kangaroos, opossums, 
and wild cats. 

"Why, one day," the shepherd replied, "I was out looking for a 
working bullc sit in this direction, and i lost my way, and had to sleep 
in the bush all night. Next morning, when daylight appeared, I 
wandered about, almost starved to death, when suddenly I ertne upon 
the print of a horse's foot. This I followed, and at last came upon a 
path, where T. came upon the print of a dog's four, which was quite 
Mesh. 'Ilulloa,- says T, 'I can't be far off some cattle-station;' 
audi followed the track for about three mile, when I came to a 
ci-eelc, where I saw a horse drinking, Now that horse belonged to 
a gentleman who had it stole. It belonged to one of Billy Went- 
worths overseera, and there was the W. C. W. branded on .he 
Shoulder, plan, enough. ' Oh, oh,' thought I, ' the sooner I go baok 
tne better, for, mmd you, these follows make pretty short work d 
anybody who happens to get a soent of where they are: thev thi 



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nothing of lying a fellow to a tree and leaving him there till hb 
skeleton is discovered." 

"Nonsense!" cried Drohne, who had twice performed this 
cruel operation, when the gang was short of powder, and could not 
alford to throw away a single charge in destroying an enemy ; for 
every man who knew of the ilea's whereabout could be regarded in 
no other light. 

'■ Well, go on," said Milligh.m. 

'•' Well, while I was looking at the horse, and thinking that I'd 
make the best of my way back, J saw smoke about a hundred yards 
off, and heard the barking of dogs — " 

Drohne cocked his carbine, took it from the socket, and looked 
fiercely at the shepherd; but Millighan frowned at his comrade, and 
cheeked his impetuosity. 

" Just as I was going away I saw three men coming along. I 
was in an awful fright, and crouched down behind a big piece of 
stone, and they passed without seeing me." 

" Should you know them again ?" asked Drohne, once more 
placing his hand on his carbine. 

" Oh, yes," said the shepherd. " They were drcst in jackets 
and caps made out of the skins of flying squirrels, and were talking 
about a robbery they had committed only a few days before. But 
avc had better talk quietly now. for we are not far from the creek, 
where I saw the horse. As I live, there he is, lame as a cat in the 
fore shoulder." 

" Who's to do il ?" shouted Drohne to Milligram. 
" Hold your tongue!" said Millighan, in reply. 
'■ What are you about?" screamed Flower to Drohne, who was 
now taking aim at the shepherd's head. " Hold hard ! If yuu 
pull that trigger I'll send a ball into you." 

The shepherd was rather bewildered. He fancied that Drohne 
wanted to shoot him, in order to prevent his receiving any share of 
the reward ; and he addressed himself to the whole party touching 
the unfairness of such a deed. 

" Answer me one question," said Millighan. " Is there any one 
else who knows the road to this den ?" 
" Not a soul," was the reply. 
" Did you mention it to no one 1" 

" No ; I was not such a fool. I told master that I knew where 
the den was, but 1 would not tell him even the direction it was in. 
But let us not make a noise, for look, there's the smoke! Ai»d 
don't you hear the dogs hark ? You go on, and I'll wait here. 
Give me something or other to defend myself with, for they'll be 
sure to show fight." 



RETOIIN OF CAPTAIN DENT. 



81 



Droli ne was still disposed to shoot the shepherd, aim could not 
understand on what principle Millighan and Flower objected. 

" Come along," said Millighan to the man. " You'll find there 
will be no fighting." 

What was the shepherd's astonishment to find that the dogs re- 
cognised this curious branch of the police, and frisked around tl oir 
horses in an agony of delight at their approach. The shepherd's 
want of comprehension on this head, however, was soon supplied, 
when he found himself ir. irons. 



I 



CHAPTER XXVI. 

In consequence of the scene which had taken placi upon the 
race-coxirse, Roberts lost his employ in the attorney's office, and 
Emily's pupils were all withdrawn from her. Parents were unwilling 
that their children should come into contact with a person who had 
such a husband. In order, therefore, 10 earn daily bread, Emily 
was compelled to do needle-work, and knit socks and comforters. 

The Lady Jane Grey paid another visit to Sydney, and old 
Captain Dent lost no tune in finding Emily, >> 1 living in 

the cottage he had taken Cor her. Emily was delighted to see the 
old man, the more especially as he had come at the very moment 
when she most needed a protector, for Mr. Brade had thrown out a 
dark hint that he intended to have Roberts taken away from her, 
and assigned to himself. 

Captain Dent used to visit Emily ver; 
bored Mr. Tirade beyond measure. To Mr. Brade's horror the old 
man used (o invite Emily to reiurn to England with him, offering 
her astern cabin and a free pas 

One day Mr. Brade sent for Roberts, and --aid to him, "Eo 
you know, that vulgar old .-hip captain is far too intimate with ! 

• 

_ Roberta, quite unmoved, notwithstanding ine . aoter 

ol the suspicion, replied that it might be ■ 
suddenly flashed across bis mind. The idea whether a 

1 "" assigned to his wife oould bring an action for criminal 

conversation?- whether being attainted by felony destroyed certain 



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T1II3 FORGER'S WTHfi. 



•(giils or not? Of Ills wile's innocence ho had no sort of doubt, 
but that was not. his "point." His point was to get money out of 
Captain Dent's pocket, and Captain Dent out of Mr. Blade's way. 
This was what Roberts called " a very comprehensive move." 

Emily had shown to her husband all the letters the Captain had 
recently written to her. They were conceived and expressed in a 
tone of the most affectionate regard. 

Captain Dent had frequently been shut up in the same room 
alone with Emily for hours, and half a dozen little circumstances 
might be brought forward, winch, if put together, would I e ample 
isfythe law. " But then, again," (it was thus Roberta argued,) 
'' this would be cutting up the goose for the golden egg, for Em ay 
would leave me and go home, and I might fall into the hands of 
some master who would make me work, and bring me perhaps 
before Brade for idleness, and Brade would order me fifty lashes as 
soon as look at me, if Emmy was once out of the colony." So 
Roberts abandoned the project which at first had appeared to him 
go glittering. But, insomuch as he would not be safe if he were 
indifferent to Mr. Brade' s wishes, ho spoke to his wife on the subject, 
and requested her in future not to be at home when Captain Dent 
called. 

It was a great sacrifice to Emily to forego llio pleasure of 
receiving the old man who had treated her wiifi such uniform 
kindness \ but slave as she was to the wishes of her husband, she 
consented without a murmur, albeit she laughed at the very idea 
that " Reginald" could think of being jealous of an old gentleman 
whose age was more than double that of herself, while he did not 
appear at all jealous of Mr. Brade, whose visits were quite as 
Irequent as those of Captain Dent, and whose attentions were 
uiuch more marked, even in " Reginald's " presence 




VlL^' 



flower's tactics. 



to 



CHAPTER XXVII. 

Flower was far from weary of tlic wild marauding life that 
lie was leading, Imt he bad a curious dream o I which 

i] trodueed Ma or Grimes's Bhepherd to the den, and he made up hit 
mind to bring matters to a speedy conclusion, so far as related to 
(ho capture of the gang. Ho asked Milliglian to walk with him 
to lliu top of a mountain, which overlooked the den, and there ho 
lursed with Millighan for some time on the grandeur of the 
scene, and the sweets of liberty. It was a beautiful warm day, and 
not a cloud to bo seen in the Bky, The foot of man had never 
before trod the ground on which Flower and Millighan were theu 
standing. The stillness amidst the huge rocks of limestone cou- 
veyed an idea of something awful. The place was uninhabited, 
even by the birds of the air or the beasts of the field. 

" Millighan," said Flower, resting his arms across the muzzle 
of his carbine, and peering into Millighan's eyes, ,; could you commit 
murder V" 

"Not in cold blood/' said Millighan. "Why do you ask me 
that question?" 

"Jiecause I wish to know your sentiments on that head," said 
Flower. "I could shoot a man, or be shot at, M itliout a 

flinch, but I could not kill a brave fellow fro:;; behind a tree, or 
take a dirty advantage of a living oreat ire worthy of the name ol 
man. 7 ' 

"Well, that's what/feel," said Milliglian. 
"Now, look here," said Flower, "Supj 
man, or a thief-taker— a fellow of real pluck — was to comi 
you when you wore alone, and challenge you I , what 

would you do? Would you draw y< ui r at once, a 

ma 
".No!" cri isn ; " I'd 

tight I'. 

" Millighan," said I irmly 

fixed on Mill ghan's, "are you speaking tl a truth V 
" v. . so hel 'i |" 

"Now let us Bupi a nat fellow G 

Flower- the fellow who was drowned the other day- i 
tho same position with you as 1 am now 1 " 






Tin: POBGEB S WIFE. 



" I .I tell him/' said Millighan, " hliat one of us must die, and 
challenge him to Sgh1 fcir!" 
•• How fight fa 
• \\ by. I'd ask him to measure off fifty yards — to walk back. 

wards five and twenty paces, and let me do the like." 
•• And do von think lie would agree ?" 

" Ves, I do; for he was a man. T have often longed to meet 
: How in the field, for what! mostlovein this life is its excite- 
and to be killed by the hand of a man like Flower, or to 
■ by killing him in (air fight— either way, it would he some- 
thing to suit me." 

•• Mill . ban," said Flower, " I believe every word that you have 
uttered. bo to what I am going to tell you. / am George 

/-',,, . 

Millighan started, and stared at Flower, whose eyes were now 
riveted on those of his advei 
Millighan's carbine dropped from his hand, but he did not 

lour, or betray any ahum. 
'■Pick up your piece," Bttid Flower, pointing' to the carbine, and 
assuming a proud hut careli . ,; I am all that you have 

l me, MUlighan. I mJEjhl have shut you like a dog before I 
now ; bur I could not do thai , for you are a man, 
aswell nerous. Pickup 

yonrpii ralk backwards five and twenty paces. Bui. lei us 

nds first." 
Millighan took Flower's hand, and sighed heavily. 
"Don't surrender," suggested Flower,nalf fearing that Millighan 
would do so, and break the very charm that bound him to the 
man. 

'• Surrender !'" cried Millighan, with a smile and a sneer. "' No, 
I'll never do that. And knowing you to be a brave foe, I have still 
a chance. Put tell me, are von in earnest ? Are you really George 
Flower ? Yes, you must be. And hear this" (his I ilood began to 
u arm |, " if you are not, we must tight this day, lor wo cannot after 
this . bi r." 

.Millighan Wok up his carbine, satisfied himself that there was 

powder in the pan. and with his left thumb pushed the corner 

of the flint round, bo as to insure ignition when ho die" >"' 

trig', i . . | 

! wer placed his carbine against a huge stone, put his nanus 

: looked firi . . lighan : — 

•• ] i i, ! sajd nfll •• Who but George J-iowoi 

would deal with you as I do? Don't Id us talk much, or * »»? 
:,, ami become a bushranger myself. 



A KOYKL DUEL. 



85 



Flower then took up Lis carbine, examined the powder In the 
pan, and touched the flint, oa Millighan had done. 

"Flower! for Flower you must be," said Millighan, "grant me, 

if you shoot me, one desire that I have had from boyhood a desire 

that lias haunted uie. F do not dread death, but I have a hoi i 
burial. If I fall, suffer me to lie on the very spot. Let the eagle 
come and feast upon my carcase, pluck these eyes from their sockets, 
and the skin from this brow. Let me lie here in this lonely region, 
and let my bones bleach in the sun., and the rain fall, and the moon 
and the stars shine upon them." 

"My God!" exclaimed Flower, seizing- Millighan by the arm, 
"the same dread of being buried has ever haunted me. If /fall by 
your hand, let mo rest here, with my head pillowed upon this gun. 
Let no man living- he shown the spot where I fell." 

" Take your ground," said Millighan. " I am ready." 

" There is my hand," said Flower, " and should we meet in 
another world we shall not bo ashamed of one another." 

Tears were starting in the eyes of both Flower and Millighan. 
Each stepped backward pane for pace, Millighan followed by the 
little terrier, Nettles. When they were about fifty yards apart they 
halted and looked at each other for several moments. Both simul- 
taneously levelled their carbines, but each was indisposed to bo the 
first to fire. Millighan discharged his piece. lie had aimed at 
Flower's heart. His bullet whizzed past Flower's head, and . 
away a part of the left whisker. 

Flower fired— and Millighan fell flat on his face ! The ball had 
entered his left breast. Flower ran to the spot, to catch any last 
vord Millighan might desire to breathe — but — 

Millighan was dead ' 

The dog Nettles became frantic He flew at Flower, bit him 
in the legs, and stood over his late master, barking defiantly. 
Flower could not drive the dog away without violence, which ho 
would not resort to, and he could not, therefore, even touch the 
b us 1 1 rangers corpse, now weltering in its blond. 

Millighan's gun was still grasped in his lifeless hand, and there 
Flower suffered it to remain. 

"That head," muttered Flower to himself, while the tears 
streamed down his cheeks, " is worth a hundred pounds; but I could 
not cut it oil' for a hundred thousand, and fifty free pardons." 

" Nettles, come !" said Flower 10 the dog. "I'll take care of 
you, Nettles." But the terrier only growled in reply, and took up 
a position near his lal head, and there remnine I. 

The capture of tho ether (wo bushrari issiblfl 



85 



Tire FORGER S WIFE. 



arams. " .Here s to the memory ol that bravo man !" 
•r; drinking the first drain at, a gulp. "And here's 
Me sdfl" "And hero's to Lliat dear woman, Mr. 
tighter !" " And here's to the girls that love George 



to a man of Flower's strengili of mind and body. On returning 
to the don., lie found only the shepherd, who was still in irons, 
and the two women. Drolme and Slobey had gone out kanga- 
roouic- 

Flower released the shepherd, gave him a double-barrel 1 d 
gun, and told him to use it, if ho were ordered to do so. 

Bet aud Sal woe handcuffed together, and placed in an aperture 
of (he den; Flower and the shepherd then awaited the return 
of Drolme and 8! 

Flower had been remarkably abstemious of late. His sagacity 
had pointed out to him that if he drank too much ho might talk too 
much, and lie led into boasting, which would be dangerous, lint 
now that Millighan was no more, and the arrangements for his com- 
rades' capture quite complete, he went into "the spirit-room," and 
drank four drams. " Here's to the memory of that bravo man !' ; 
said Flower ; 
to my noble 
Orford's daughter i 
Flower !" 

Flower's tongue, too, had been tied up of late. He had not 
been able to " hold forth" in the strain ho h as accustomed to indulge 
in : and such a volume of words and phrases pent up for so many 
weeks was almost the death of hiin. He was dying to abuse some- 
body,and lacked the provocation until Drohno and Slobey appeared; 
for Flower could dot address any unkind discourse to the women ; 
on the contrary, when he was handcuffing them and putting (hem 
away, ho said, in the most gentle and earnest manner imaginable, 
' My sweet dears, it's only a matter of form, which must be gone 
through, for safety's sake." 

Of handcuffs there was an abundance in the den, and Flower 
begao to manipulate the assortment, and select such as would best 
fit Drohno aud Slobey. 

" Now, then, shepherd," said Flower, " when these two gentle- 
men arrive, you will be so good as to put these things round their 
wrists. So ;. do you see? I'll oover them with this double-barrell '1 
gun; do you see ? This is the way to handcuff two men I i 
— so; do you see? hand,, across, down the middle." 

_ These instructions had scarcely been given, when Flower heard 
voices outside the den. 

" Here they come I " said Flower. " Now for it !" 
Drohne and Slobi-y were unarmed, 

" Don't get off your horses !" cried Flower, levelling hi* g"» « 
Drob 

"Why not?" said Drohne and Slob. 



CAPTURE OF TIIE GAXO. 87 

" Bee i i i y 'i . re my prisonei % ; and if you don't do as I tell yon, 
I'll drop you right ami left, just as I would quail" 

" What lark are you up to?" asked Drohnc. 

"You will see that presently," said Flower. "Ride i 
together; do you hear? There! that'll do. Now, then, my 
gentle shepherd, receive their wrists prettily. Not. that way, 
stupid. Hands across, didn't I tell you.' There! Thank yon, 
shepherd ; that will do. Now, then, bring out another pair e- iwo 
of handcuffs." 

(The handcuffs were brought.) 

"Hold this gun, shepherd, and shoot the first man who move? 
his hand against me," said Flower. 

"What is all this, Teddy? Where's Millighan? Have you 
Irinking, and gone mad 1" inquired Drohnc. 

"What an impatient fellow you are!" exclaimed Flower. 
"' Wait a bit, and you will see through it all." 

Here Flower handcuffed together a stirrup-iron of cither saddle, 
so that the horses were coupled. The reins of the bridles 
were then drawn over the heads of the horses and given to thtf 
shepherd to hold. 

The women were now released, and ordered to bring up 
of the other horses (government cattle), then grazing in the 
valley. While they were absent, Flow . . possi ssed himself 

of all the gold and jewellery in the den, ami packed [t carefully 
in two new saddle-bngs, "This is for Gov'm at," he remarked 
to himself, with a wink which denied the truth of his statement 
in this particular. "Why, this bus'noss, one way or other, will 
he worth about eight hundred pound to me," he added, Riling 
: " pipe, and loo!; bingly round the den. "I shall 



his 



bounty money on all these horses, and saddl I 

such like; and then these two are worth a hundred a-pie 

Bet ought to be worth somet ii , - : i • has been a bolter 

at large for upwards of fear years. : 

'»usf. -say, in some things, ih - inothers. PoorMUli 

He very nearly did it for me. How that hall whistled!" Here 

r smiled, and scratched thai 
bullet hud shorn of lis whisker. He then went oul 

■■•■ ho Could : 

u 

i r turne 1 with the In 

i ad to-night 
we'll drink u ith old Grinn . and perhni 

i. (fh dear! it' world after all. 

my gals. Help 'cm, shepherd, I'll hold [these geatlem 



8S 



TTIi: J-OBOEH*S WIFB. 



Flower took flie reins, and stroked the noses of the steeds oi> which 
his prisoners sat. 

The horses were saddled. 

" Now, then, shepherd, take the reius of these gentlemen's horses 
once more, while I go inside with Bet and Sal," 

These orders were obeyed, and Flower and the females retired 
to the den. 

" Dress yours elves in the gorgeous array of the mounted police," 
said Flower. 

Bet urged that it would be impossible for her to do this; but 
Flower insisted on the difficulty Icing overcome. 

" Of course, put on the boots and spurs, and pouch-belt, and all the 
rest of it," said Flower, in reply to a question from the woman, 
"And now you, Sally, come you here, and let Bet dress you up in 
proper character. What a noble face you have for a private! Come 
along!" 

The girl appeared to enter into the joke, and obeyed the mandate 
with alacrity. 

"Now then, Bet, bring something to drink upon the road," said 
Flower, "for it's n precious long ride, and we shall all be dry before 
we reach old Grimes's.'" 

Bet provided herself with a bottle of brandy, and Sal put a tin 
pannikin into the bosom of the uniform jacket, which was much too 
lame for her. 

The only armed person of the party was George Flower. He 
carried a carbine, a pair of loaded pistols, and a sword. 

" Shepherd, mount your lun-se, and lead the way ! " cried Flower. 
"And you, gentlemen, ride behind him, as you now are. You get 
up, Bet, and ride on my right ; and you, Sal, come to the left. 
Now, then, look alive ! " 

"What about the dogs?" inquired the woman. 

" Oh, they may come with us," said Flower ; " tho whole lot ot 
'em. Call to them." 

The dogs, some seven in number, were called; they came, and 
the party, or rather the procession, moved on. 

Bet complained of being tired when she had ridden about nine 
miles; but Flower drank with her, and cheered for awhile her 
flagging spirits. He then recommended her to have a race with 
Sal for a quarter of a mile ; but she had no ambition to shine in 
equestrian performances, and began to abuse Flower with match- 
less volubility, without producing, however, any effect, beyond that 
of making him laugh immoderai 

• • • • 

Suddenly Dioline pulled up his horse, and Slobey was obliged 
to do the like. 



A CAPTCEEB BDSHBANGER'S DESPERATION. 89 

" What's tlio vow ? " Flower inquired. 

" Tho row is this," said Drohne ; "I'll go no further with you, 

you hang-dog fiend." 

" Now, don' ! talk in that way to me," returned Flower ; " T don't 
l'lcc it. Grimes's is not above three miles off now." 

" Xot so much," said the shepherd, " two miles and a half will 
Viang us to the hoi 

"7 know what the distance is," said Drohne. "But I'll go no 
further. I have made up my mind." 

"To what '( " inquired Flower. 

" To die ! " said Drohne. 

" Oh, that you are sure to do," said Flower. " But why not 
wait till you are sentenced? Now, come on ; it is gel ting dark." 

" And if we don't reach the road before sundown, we shall be 
in the bush all night," said the. shepherd. 

"You hear thai ?"' said Flower. 

" T do," said Drohne. 

"Well, ami why kick up a row ? " said Flower. 

" Because I am ready to die," replied Drohne. " I may as well 
give up my lite to you as to the Ketch." 

"Well, but I don't want your life/' said Flower. " All I want 
is £100 for you from Gov'ment. I never saw such an unreasonable 
brute as you are in the whole course of my life.'' 

"Take me dead ! " cried Drolino. 

" You would be so 'high' in this weather," '•aid Flower; " and I 
can't get the reward unless 1 produce your body. Now, don't ba 
afoul. Come along. I hate being out all night in the bush. Go 
011,7/oh/" Flower called to Slol 

Drohne prevented the advance. 

" Now, look here," said Flower. "Look here, Drohne. It h, 
as fir as your life is concerned, a matter of time, and if time is of no 
object to you, it is to mo, remember — and if you won't go on, I'll do 
it at once." 

"Do it! " cried Drohne. 

Blowei levelled his carbine, and looked at Drohne. 

"For God's sake! " screamed Bet and Sal. 

" Have you made up your mind?" asked Flower, heedless of 
reams of (he women* 

" 1 have! " Baid Drohne, firmly. 

" That you will not go <>n? That you arc to die by my baud. 
instead of the hangrmw 

"Yea!" said Drohne. 

Tin' women sereamed . gain. 

"rive!" cried Drohne. 



pO TUB FOBGHttS WIFE. 

gJobey tri i Drohne forward. Flower did all be could 

to move Li- prisoner 17 ■ . and then by force But Drobne 

was a strong man. and lie w ing (lie march. 

'■ Once more, I beg- of you," said Fh\ 
"Fire!" 

Slower shot him tlirougli the heart. 

Tlie corpse, still handcuffed to Slobey, was carried on the horse, 
Flower holding it on the saddle from the near 

The wailing of the women became deaf ening, and the faces of 
iiic shepherd and of Slobey -were as pale as the lifeless visa 
Drohuc, whose head was now bent forward on (lie neck of his horse. 



CHAPTER XXVIII 

Emily had once more the misfortune to be robbed of (he 

writing-case, in which she kept the few trinkets that then belonged 

toher. The thief she fanci harwoman, whom she used to 

employ every .Saturday to clean (lie windows and the furniture. 

ftoberts so too, and gave Emily great credit 

for her acumen in guessing bo correctly. " But then," he said, '•• it 

would be ma 1 .■■-- I > proceed against her without direct proof." 

Now, the truth d given the contents of that 

e io die woman in whose company lie had been disgraced 

egraded on the Paramatta race-eourse. The brooch, which 

was his first present to bis wife, was amongst the thing 

J- ase contained, and a Utile gold pencil-uas ■ a pr nl fr m 

•1 twelfth birihday; a smellii g bottle, the .ast 

•m her mother; and a small seal which had belonged to her 

[father. In Inch ho wa 1 

very much iu want* Roberts hod bestowed thi upon "the 

Enchantress." And Bhc used to wear the brooch; and the 

pencil-case she appended to her watch-chain, likewise the little s< ', 

with which : notes writl 1 for her by a 

icnsis. 
When Emily spoke to Mr. Brade of this distressing robbery he 
told h . but in confidence, his well-grounded suspici 

that her hm tlie thief, and that he had given them to the 



A COKFIDIXC WOMAN'S RRASONISO. 



!»1 



woman who lived ia the cottage at the top of Church-hill Nay 

Brade went further. He stated that lie had _ 

the brooch, and. the pencil-case in hei pi session. ButEmily who 

was very clever in reasoning (all c ., , „ lleu 

are), began to ask iiersoh a variety of questions :— First. Had 

Mr. Brade an object in continually at 

Reginald? Secondly. Had not Begin 

the police office and talked to the constables about the theft I 

Hadhe not come homo and told her all tl 

said? Thirdly. Had not dear Reginald cried with when 

the theft was discovered f Was lie not frantic to think that hi 

present should have beenstolen from her? Fourthly. B 

Reginald gone into a violent passion with 

ordered her never again to darken his doors .' Fifthly. How could 

Mr. Brade have seen those things in the possession of the woman : 

Did lie know her ? How absurd of Mr. Brade to think she wi 

a perfect eh i Id ! There was something so fo 

resorting to such trumpery artifices! Poor Reginald! when would 

the world see him in his proper light — as she did ! Bi o 

all the world seemed against him. It was nothing more than 
human nature. He was the handsomest mar in the world, thi 
all the handsome men hated him. He was the cleverest man 
world, therefore all the clever men detested him. He was the mosl 
open-hearted man in the world, therefore the open-hearted would 
not praise him. He was the most tvittj man in the worl 
therefore — ah! she could see through it all '. 
to think that he should still swear by Mr, Brade, and faw 
such a great friend. Just, like Reginald, I [e was so h< 
he could not fancy any om- otherwise until he had 
Poor dear boy! brought up, as he had been, fort and 

luxury — a the aristocracy— the heir to a title— the idea 

that he should be in such a horrid country, surrounded bj 
people, and con pelled to boar insult and contumely, end not 
a position to show his real spirit! But the day would yet i 
It douldnot be far oft"; for th ited in 

with affliction for a time, wasal 
thus Emily was in th 
ever her husband was ealumiuuteil lr. Mr. Brade, or bj 
tody i 




92 



THIv FORGERS W 



CHAPTER XXIX. 

Roberts might have earned at least fixe pounds a week by en- 
grossing deeds and other legal documents, bul lie could not bring 
his mind to work, and Emily did not press him to do so ; for, " poor 
fellow," she thought he had quite enough to distract him. Her own 
earnings, from needlework, were all they had to subsist upon, and 
these rarely amounted to more than thirty shillings per week. It 
was difficult to live upon (his suuij bin, somehow or other, Emily 
contrived to do so, for there are no economists in this world to be 
compared with women of lofty condition who have been brought 
up luxuriously, and have fallen into poverty by reason of their love. 
Their pride is aroused, and they can debar themselves, with a good 
grace, of comforts with which even the poorest can but ill dispense. 

Emily now kept no servant. She did everything herself, even 
to washing her husband's linen, and scouring the floors and the 
passage of the cottage; and at night, when no one could see her, she 
would come out and whiten with a large sandstone, the steps in front 
of the door. 

One night, "the Enchantress," with whom Roberts had been 
spending the day, flew into a violent passion, and stabbed him with 
a carving-knife. The wound, which was in the left breast, bled 
profusely. It was not deep enough to be fatal, but, nevertheless, it 
liiieierii to arouse Roberts's fears. Pale and faint from the 
loss of blood he staggered to the arms of Emily, who screamed on 
beholding him in the condition in which ho presented himself. 

A man in a slouched hat, and muffled up in a cloak, he said, had 
aimed that blow at his life. When — he inquired of his wife — was 
this persecution to end ? 

Emily at once suspected Mr. Brade. Nay, she was convinced 
that this cruel attack had been made upon Reginald at Mr. Brade's 
instance, if he had not with his own hand inflicted that gaping 
wound. 

A doctor was immediately sent for, and came at about one o'clock 
in the morning. He admitted that Roberts had had a very narrow 
escape, but expressed bat he was in no sort of danger. 

j'hii: idBide during the night, and 

I fervently that the satferer might be Bparcd to her, and that 
hi en him. More satisfied i 1 



BOBEBTS AND THE ENCHANTRESS. 



93 



sho that all Mr. Brade had to! 1 her, and all that Flower had repre- 
lented, were wicked and malignant falsehoods, 

Mr. Brade called. When lie heard the story from Emily's lips, 
,.f the assassin in the slouched hat aud the clonic, ho smiled i,, hei 
face, and caused her to shudder at his want of feeling both for her- 
self and her husband. 

As soon as he could venture out alone, the convict, under pre- 
tence of "going for a, walk in the domain," wended his way to the 
cottage of the Enchantress. Roberts was too faithful to vice to be 
turned aside by a wound inflicted by a woman with a carving knife, 
The Enchantress received Roberts with loving kindness, and 
pleaded drunkenness as an excuse for her violent cruelty. Roberts 
accepted the excuse and was satisfied with it ; and, if possible, liked 
the Enchantress all the better, since she had loft a mark upon him. 

It was inconsiderate — perhaps indelicate — under tin' oil 
stances, on the part of the Enchantress, to ask Roberts for money at 
this meeting ; but her wants compelled her to overcome her feelings. 
She wished for a new bonnet and some kid gloves. 

How was Roberts to "vocure money ? What was easier than to 
forge ? With whose name could lie take the liberty ? Should ir be 
a bill or a cheque ? A cheque. And for how much ? Twenty 
pound?. At first he thought of Mr. Brade's name ; but hedoi 
if Mr. Brade had any balance in the bank. Then it struck him he 
would use the name of the attorney in whose office In' had been 
employed. At length he decided on Lieutenant-Colonel Wii - 
bleton. 

" He'll not dare to say a word about it when the forgery is dis- 
covered," said Roberts to himself. " I'll manage that." 

And forthwith Roberts drew a cheque for £'2(J in lav ■ 
"Miss Bumes, or bearer," and signed it, "Edward Wimbleton." 

Roberts could imitate any sign iture so exactly, that i: was hard 
to say which «-;ts the original and which the counterfeit, 

The reader is requested to understand that Miss Bur 
under Colonel Wimbleton's protection ; and Roberts was quite right 
when he calculated that the Colonel would hardly like to be 
o ruined in a witness-box, touching bis relations with this lady, in 
the event of a trial in the Supreme Court. 

Colonel \\ imbleton's cheque for -L'L''i « i* cashed immediately on 
presentation at the bank. And the Enchantress had her bonnet and 
gloves, and several other presents, And she and Robi its were very 
happy— as long as the £20 1 



'.:'. 



nit; forger's wife. 



CHAPTER XXX. 

"Is Mnj ■■ Flower inquired of a perviint on 

trriving at the Major's d 

" Yes," was the i 

•' Then just ask him to oomti out, will you /" said Flower, 
Tin le his appearance, and Flower alighted from his 

horse. 

food evening-, sir.*' said Flower, 
•■ Good even! ."' said Major < "rii 
"You don'l recollect mo, sir?" said FJ 

Major Grimes, 
"I had the honour of partaking of your hospitality a short time 
ago, sir," said Flower. " And I've brought back your shepherd, Bir, 
and u queer lot along with him." 

"Indeed!" replied the Major, who was alarmed on recognising 
itures of the man who spoke to him ; for on presentin 
: >t ] ayment drawn by Millighan on the Lieutenant command- 
ing the police, the Major had been made cognisant of the fact, that 
he had been entertaining the notorious bushrangers, and not the 
iiiilit. 

" I'm Flower, sir," said George— "commonly called Mister Flower, 
—the person as the papers made dru .!.. and drowned in the Hawks- 
bury river. But the papers were in error, sir." 

"Oh! I iid the Major. 

'•'No, you don't, sir. Excuse me," said George. "Don't Le 
frightened, Major. It is all right, as 1 will soon explain to you. I 
have brought 'em in— the whole nest. One of 'cm is a stiff W 
That man il. . held up by that individual, Tambourine 

Bet, is as dead as a door nail, Major. He compelled >t him 

aboutan hour ago. He's but hardly cold, 1 take it. 

There's about my visit tl tlajor. I am Flower — 

George Flower,— frequently called i Flowi f the I 

traps. I'm toot, or the 01 ief Justice, or 

the Co!i tary. There's no misl me, Major." 

M Oh,Ise Jajor Grimes, whose alarm was now on the 

e, for he did not belie* i Lower Baid ; but fancied the 

* The mounted police were i from her Maj 

red in Uie colony. 



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95 






pug had come again, to rob his house, and perhaps rnurdcr himself 
Mid his family. 

,; T wish you couW sec, Major," said Blower. " It. is all right, 1 
■mux you. I am George Flower, and have taken all that gaug. 
I'licm two men as came here wit] .:. an( l 

grog, use now dead, Send Cor a light, Major, I .,, one 

ol cm, and then you'll be convinced. And, then, 1 
herd. He helped me to capture 'em. It is all right, 1 as ure you, 
Major. 

The Major knew not what to think; but he ordered a light to 
lie brought, and surveyed I : whole ] 

Drohne, whoso looks were now horrible and ghastly, linked la 
Lis living comrade, was a striking proof that FL .. merits 

'/ere true. But the sight turned Major Grimes sick at h( 
ivhen he saw Flower (out of curiosity, apparently) plunge Ids fore- 
finger into the hole the ball 1 ad made— when i e heard him exclaim, 
"Can't fathom it,"— the Major almost fainted. 

" Where can 1 put 'em, sir I" inquired Flower; " for 1 m 
you to let me stay here to-night." 

" T will see," said Maji nt fir his q 

who was a good deal surprised "lien he heard 1 •.-, and 

saw the party he had brought in. 

" Could you give us a barn," inquired Flower, " that would hold 

the men, the horses, and the ladies? These are ladies, you know, 

•i', and capital police they make, too. And a feu- feeds of 

corn would not lie a bad thing for the . Most of 

'em belong to Gov'ment." 

It was decided that a stable should b to the accom- 

modation of the party. Flower then superintended the extri- 
cating of Drohne from Slobey — the latti r, in reply to a q testion from 
Flower, having said that, he should p all night i.. 

close contact with Drohne. Flower hand I ey*a hands 

behind his far!.-, and chained him, with a bulloek-clmin, tearing 
attached to the manger in 

assistance of the woman and the girl— tl thelantern 

over her head — Flower laid on: body of Drohno in die 

next, stall, upon a l.road shoot of bark, ami borrowed an old 

white tabli I spread il beneath the c 

A third stall was set apart for lie- females. They 

witli dog-chaius to :i ring bolt. This was done lest thej might 
icleaso Slobey during tic night. 

Flower, having made "all snu himself to Major Grimes's 

kitohen, when' he found tnutl >n chops, fried cakes, and te»j all 
ready for him; and the | lance. 



06 



Tin: forger's wife. 



" \ ou little dreamt, did you, Susey, when I was here last, talk- 
ing to you so quietly, that I'd bo buck so soou? You had no idea 
then of the lay I was on. bad von i" said Flower, 
« No, sir." 

« Pon't, call mo * sir,' Susey," said Flower. " Cull mo your. love, 
or your nariing ; but never say sir, or mister." 

The girl laughed, and presently remarked — 

" And do yon mean to say you shot that man ?" 

" Why not?" demanded Blower. '• Wouldn't lie have cut your 
throat just as soon as look at you ? Wouldn't he have taken hold of 
you so — and gone so V lie seized her round the waist, and rubbed 
Ins hand across her delicately formed neck. "I say, what heavenly 
eyes you've got, Susan ! Have you over been in love ?" 

" No," she replied. •'■' Have you ?" 

"Never till 1 saw you," said Flower. "And I have been in 
love ever since, and I'm now iu love. Gome, what do you say, 
Susan ? There'll be a public-house — fine trade — lots of money, 
pleasant company, gig and horse, and all that sort of thing, Be Mrs. 
Flower, Say the word at once." 

" You are joking," said the girl, with a blush. 

" Marriage is not a joke," said George. " And without being 
engaged to you, Susan, 1 could not ihink of asking you to give me 
a kiss, and 1 am dying to have one. Some folks are not particular 
in these matters; but I am, my. Upon my word, I never loved a 
girl till 1 suv you. Won't you, Susey ? Won't you be mine ?" 

Susan sighed, and looked consent. The truth is, that she was 

vastly pleased with Flower's fun the first day she saw him in the 

guise of a mounted policeman. His frank manner and his laughing 

face had won her heart, and she had often thought of him, and 

at the recollection of many of his speeches to her. 

" I shaU be up all night, Susey." whispered Flower; " and when 
everybody is in bed and asleep, you come in here with a light ; let 
it be at about two o'clock iu the morning, and we'll settle matters 
and arrange about our marriage. Don't let us say anything more 
just now, for old Grimes will be oonrin ly; but don't you 

go away, Susey. I am very anxious for you to hear all I have been 
doing since we parted. Mind, at two o'clock you are to meet me 
here. Give us a kiss; nobody will see us. Thanks, dearest!" 

Major Grimes came into the kitchen, and Flower gave him a 
succinct account of all thai had transpired. Major Grimes was loud 
in his praiBes of Flower's bravery and skill, and no wonder Susan 
was already infatuated with her hero. 

" Sir," said Flower, when, with the permission of the Major, he 
had lighted his pipe, " I have a great favour to ash o 1 ' ; 



A THIEF-TAKER'S " MORAL LESSON.' ; 



97 



•'< What is it, Flower 1" 

" Why, sir, you see Gov'ment is very particular, and Oov'mont'a 
quite right to be so, for frauds in dead bodies have been done by 
constables, and about eighteen months ago 1 lost five and forty 
pound by taking in a dead ranger to Hyde-park barracks, who was 
so far gone that nobody could swear that it was the man for whom 
the reward was offered. I shot that mi n in fair fight at B 
and took him in a cart to Sydney; was thirteen days on the toad, 
and after all lost the live and forty, and was laughed at by all the 
police office. Superintendent Heely paid that I ought to have got 
a certificate from the nearest magistrate while the b idy was fresh 
and not p.itrcficd. Don't you see, sir? Now by the time I get 
this body down to Sydney — and it will take me twelve days good — 
he must be gone ; nobody could swear it was Droline, you see, sir ? 
So, what I want from you, Major, is the certificate. 1 want you, if 
you would be so kind, to go over the marks on the body, ami com- 
pare thorn with the description in the (lazdte. If you would be B I 
kind, sir, I'd take it as a favour, for I should not like to lose £100. 
I'm a poor man, Major." 

Major Grimes did not relish the idea of this post mortem exami- 
nation, but it was a part of his duty to undertake it, and he therefore 
made no objection to Flower's request. 

" Couldn't we make it a morel lesson, sir?" said Flower 
k How do you mean?" 

* Why, sir, have up all your assigned servants, and let 'em see 
■rfie dead, and hear me talk about him. I'm an awful public spi 
Major, whenever I have a good subject, and this is one, and no 
mistake. I could talk Wentworth or Wai'dell stone blind on it. i 
only want your people to look on — to see the eorpse. I shall not 
say a word to them. I shall only address my observations to you, 
and they'll get, 'em by a side wind, as it were." 

Major Grimes agreed wif Flower, mid ordered all his convict 
servants to be summoned. While he was absent, flower filled his 
pipe again, and again made love to Susan. 

Flower truly was a great orator by nature, and required not 
time to give his speeches the gloss of art, by ihinkhhj over what ho 
should say. 

The convict servants — thirty-nine in number — w 
in the stable; and [flower, carrying the lantern andsraokin 
pipe — followed by Major Grin* i with the Gazette in his hand- 
jostled through the crowd, and approached the dead body of Drohnt! 
He paused for about two minutes, and then began : — 

"That man, Major Grimes, weighs about, fourteen stone, an( 
the reward for him is £100 sterling, so that his oarcoss is worth 
about ten shillings n-poiffldi Pine you . well 



98 



THE FORGER'S WIPE. 



limbed, fltod ribbed up. When that young man came to thia country, 
transported for life, lie had before him noble prospects, Major, He 
was assigned to a good master. If he had been steady for about 

five years he would have got bis 'ticket.'* But he was lazy, and (hat 
made him discontented and restless. Laziness is at the bottom of 
all mischief, Major. So he took to the bush, and n pretty business 
he hn3 made of it. He forgot that if the devil puts it, into the 
heads of convicts to turn bushrangers, Providence checkmates the 
devil, by creating traps like George Flower, Major, and prompting 
Gov'ment to offer high rewards for 'em. Gov'ment's a glorious 
thing, Major. I rospoct Gov'ment. This young man has come to 
an ignominious end, as all must come to that doesn't know when 
they are well oh". That man in the next box will be hung, and I 
can't pity him. Are lifers to bolt, laws to be broken, drays to 
be robbed, and gentlemen and ladies to be put in bodily fear ? 
Civilisation is not such a jackass as to stand any of that sort of 
nonsense. It can't be done for the money. What's Eourke paid 
for ?" [General Bourkc was the Governor.] " What's old Frank 
Forbes paid for ? " [Francis Forbes, Esq., was the chief justice.] 
" What's Thomson paid for ?" [Thomson was the colonial secretary.] 
"What am / paid for? Why, w.e are all paid for [.reserving the 
glorious majesty of resistless justice, and for nothing else, Major 
Grimes, and let them deny it who dare. But let us look at this 
man, t>ir, You observe, Major, ' wen on neck.' That wen would 
have been an awful eye-sore to the Ketch, for look here, it would 
have bothered him. It would have been in the way of the rope. 
That makes good the saying, ' that a man who's born to be shot 
will never be hanged.' Having observed that wen, sir, let me direct 
your attention to a mermaid on his breast. There she is, you see, 
with her curls, and likewise her fish's tail, and a looking-glass in 
fcer hand. I don't believe in mermaids, for my part. Having 
docketed the mermaid, sir, will you be so good as to cast your eyes 
on his Anchor and Hope, and then these bull dogs, barking at a 
Bow-street officer? And now, with your permission, sir, we will 
turn him over, and look at the man hanging on his back. Ho must 
have had some idea of his fate before him, or rather behind him, as 
it happens. What a fool a man must be to have himself disfigured 
in that fashion! What does the Gazette say is the colour of his 
hair, sir?" 

" Reddish brown," replied Major Grim „ 

" There it is, sir, reddish brown enough. And his eyes, Major? 

" Light blue." 

" There they are— light blue, look, sir," said Flower, lifting the 
lids. " And what else, Major?" 

• TicVet of Leava. 



may 



VALIB OP A. GOOD EDUCATION. 99 

"Loaf, a front tooth." 

"There it is, or rather there it isn't," continued Flower, nulling 
the clammy lips asunder. "Have you any doubt, -Major (i rimes, 
that this is the body of Edward Drohne ?" 

"None whatever," said the Major. 

"Then that's aU I require," said Flower, and he rose from his 
knees, washed his hands in a bucket of water, and (without per- 
mission) wiped them on the corner of a smock frock worn by one of 
the audience. 

"Now then, Major Grimes, the business being over, these parties 

,' retire to their huts," said Flower. " I shall be to and fro 
all night, and there's no occasion for anybody eke to watch this 
stable." 

"That's a nine girl, sir, that servant of yours," said Flower, 
when himself and Major Grimes were reluming to the hi 

" Yes, she is, indeed," replied the Major; "and she's a very 
respectable girl, loo. She's the daughter of a farmer who died near 
Bathurat a few months ago, very badly off, and left a large i 
behind him." 

" Indeed, sir ? She's a currency lass, of course ? " said Flower. 

"Yes," said Major Grimes; "but she reads and writes very 
nicely."' 

" That's a great gift," said Flower. "I have always felt the 
want of a good education, By heaven, Major Grimes, if I'd had a 
good education, I'd have been a sort of a Boney-Party, Now, 
here, sir," lie continued, "moral effi ct is a very fine thii 
a great deal of good ; but what's the use 1 1 moral effect if you don't 
carry it properly out? GoVment's very liberal. Edon' 
"icov'ment. But when a man like me, air, ri -[his, 

sir, of a gang of men like these, sir, ought not the district to mark 
its sense, sir, by coming forward and putting their names d iwn for 
something handsome, sir? What would live hundred pound be to 
a large and wealthy district like this, compared with the moral effeot 
that act would produce?" 

"I agree with you," said Major Grimes; "and (he district shall 
do it." 

"Thank you, sir," said George; "and if you ever haves draj 
robbed, you have only to drop a lino to Mr. Flower, oarei P 
public-house, opposite the police office, and I will I righl 

for you. You'll lend nir a can, sir i one for Gov'ment, 

thai shepherd go Mich ma to morrow t" 

"Oh, yes, by all mean-." 

"Then I'll bid yoi n bed all ready for 

ttto, I see, :ir— hero on the dre.-vT. Good night, Major." 



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THE FORGER'S WISH. 



Map* Grimes bade Flower " Good night." Proud man as lie 
was, lie involuntarily gave tlic thief-taker his hand when they 
parted. 

• • • • * • • 

At two o'clock — exactly at two — Susan, on tip-toe, stepped into 
the kitchen. " Hush !" she said to Flower, who clasped her in his 

anus — " hush ! the Major's room is not far off." 

* * « * » * • 

The next morning Drohne's body was placed in a rudely formed 
coffin and put into a cart. Every precaution had been previously 
taken to make it as little offensive as possible. The shepherd was 
to drive the cart. Slobev and Sal were to sit upon Dhrone's coffin 
and Tambouriuc Bet, still dressed as a mounted policeman, waa to 
ride beside Flower on horseback. All was ready, and it was now 
time to make a move. 

•• God bless you. my dear girl," said Flower to Susan, who was 
weeping; "I'll come back and many you, you may take your oath. 
Goodbye!" 

The Major came into the verandah to see the procession off, and 
say "Farewell" to Flower, who begged the Major not to forget 
the subscription, for the sake of a really good and wholesome moral 
effect. 

The party set out for Sydney— the shepherd in high spirits at 
the prospect of getting a ticket of leave. 

The cart had to be taken a round-about way before it could 
reach the road. Just as they were ascending a hill Flower's keen 
eye discovered a female form coming towards them. It was Susan, 
who had taken a short cut across the fields, on purpose to join George 
Flower's party. She had a small bundle in her hand. 

" Halloa, Susan !" exclaimed Flower. "Where are you off to?" 

" I am going with you." 



cry.) 



"Impossible! what would old Grimes say?" 
" 1 don't care. You have stolen my heart." 



(Susan began to 



"Don't cry, my dear girl," said Flower. "Don't cry. Stolen 
your heart, Susan? Well, why can't you love me rationally, and 
have patience?" 

" I must go with you, George." 

" Well, if you must— you must ; but it is a very pretty business. 
Grimes will never get up the subscription ; but he'll try and have 
me cashiered out of the police, instead. Don't cry, Susan." 

Flower got off his horse, slipped the rein over his wrist, held 
Susan round the waist in his right arm, looked atl'ectionately into 
ner face, and kissed the tears from her cheeks. 






ANOTHER UOKAT, EFFECT, 



101 



"Don't cry, my girl. It i.s all up with mo. I have shirked (lie 
knot for a long time past, but I am caught at Inst. Yon have done 
it, Sue, and I am not sorry for it. Only fancy me married! Well, 
never mind, it can't be helped. Here, you — shepherd ! Get down 
off that cart and get on this horse, and gallop up to old Grimes's, 
and tell old Grimes [hat Susan has hulled of her own i 
joined me, and that I am going to marry her. Tell him it. is all 
right. Make haste. We will go slowly along the road, and you 
will soon overtake us. Give my respect* to the Major. Oil' with 
you! Come along, Sue. (Jet into the cart, my treasure, and sit 
beside your George, in the flower of youth and beauty's pride. I'll 
make you a trump of a husband, you'll sec, you beautiful darling. 
There now, don't cry any more. We'll be married in Sydney, and 
if that won't he another moral effect of this trip, why the devil's in 
it." 

About hair an hour had elapsed, when the shepherd camo 
galloping back with a note in his hand. 

" Halloa !" said George. " Here's an order for us to go hack, 
I'm afraid. The old boy is in a rage." 

" But I'll not go hack," said Susan. 

The note did not contain the order Flower expected. It in- 
formed him that Major and Mrs. Grimes (rusted to his honour, and 
hoped he would lead a happy life with the excellent girl whose 
affections he had engaged. And there was a message for Susan. 
" Tell her we fbrgive her. and hope to hear from her as often as she 
r nia time to write to us." 

'•' Hooray ! I'm in for it at last !" cried Flower, when Susan 
hrew her arms round his neck and clung to him, and kissed him, 
egardless of the presence of Bet, Sal, and Slobey, who were look- 
ng on. 

A smile passed over the face of the manacled prisoner, who 
vas now lying at full length bo-id. 1 the box which contained 
he body of Drohne, when he heard Flower's ejaculation, and 
ememhered how- Flower used to talk to Millighan about "that 
•retty girl at old Grimes's;" and suggested to Millighan dial he 
hould not mind carrying her off to the den some fine moonlight 
aight. 

Flower's mooting with Sheriff, at Penrith, was a very amusing 
scene. The lit lie horse knew his master's voice, and seemed mad 
will, delight on again beholding him. And Flower hung about 
Sheriff's neck, kiss, d bis nose, patted him all over, talked to him, and 
asked him a hundred questions. 

"The c-art is getting vory unpleasant, said Flower to Susan, 
" and (he Shepherd shall drive the rot of the joi Q shall 



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THE forger's wife. 



ride on Sheriff. I'll borrow a side saddle. IIo'll carry you as 
quiet aa a dog, and I will ride beside you on this big horse of 
Gov'ment's." 



CHAPTER XXXI. 

"Dearest Beloved!— lam going to dine this evening with 
my friend, lirade. I am going there now. Brade'a cabriolet will 
be at vour door at half-past five, and the groom will lead the horse 
and bring you in the cabriolet to Brade'a villa. Make yourself 
look very smart, Emmy, dearest. We diuo at seven ; but be ready 
to leave home at half-past five. Ever your affectionate, 

,; Reginald." 
Emily was very wretched when she read this note ; but, fearful 
of offending her Husband, she made preparations accordingly. She 
washed and ironed a lace collar, and, ill as she could afford it, 
bought a new neck-ribbon, and a pair of pale kid gloves; and she 
re-trimmed her straw-bonnet, and mended her worn-out parasol. 

At half-past five precisely, Mr. Brade's cabriolet was at Emily's 
floor. Emily was barring the shutters and the back door, wl 
George Flower, who had left his party in the " colls" of the police- 
office, made Ids appearance on horseback, accompanied by Susan, on 
httle Sheriff > i j > 

"Get off Susan," said George; " and let mo take you to Mrs. 
Uaiv.y.vt; and hear what she thinks about you. Stop a moo eat, 
1 11 1 help you off." Flower lifted his bride elect from the side Baddle, 
aud placed her on the ground. 

•■What! George Flower 1" exclaimed Emily. "Why, they 
said you were drowned '." 

"Oh, no, not yet, Mrs. Harcomt," said George. "I'm still 
uving, and I'm going to bu married. This lassie has managed to 
hook me." 

" Indeed, I'm very glad to hear it. Pray, sit down," said 
Emily. 

"Her name's Susan," said Flower. "She's a currency 
Pretty girl, isn't she ? And site's as good as old cjold. Am'f 



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103 



Sue ?" _ He placed his hand affectionately on the girl's shoulder, and 
[i o ed into hei lovely, honest ftcce. 

" How dreadfully sunburnt you are, George/' Bald Mrs. Ilarcourt. 
" And you look quite haggard and weary." 

" Yes ; I have had a good dual of anxiety of late," said Flower. 
"But it will be all over soon. Won't it, Sue? I shall now have 
some rest, I hope, in the snug little home I mean to make for my- 
self. Where's the Captain '. How is he getting on ?" 

" He is at Mr. Brade's, and I am going there to dine, and fear 
I shall be late ; but you'll come and see me to-morrow," said Emily ; 
and she began to pull on her gloves, and express her sorrow to 
Susan that she was compelled to go away. 

Flower rose from his chair, and surveyed Emily from head to 
foot. 

" That's Brade's cab at the door,"' said he. " I thought I knew 

it. 

" ¥es," said Emily. " He has sent it to take me to the villa." 

" Has he ? How good of him ! How came you to be acquainted 
with Brade?'' Flower asked. 

Emily explained ; and informed Flower, that Reginald and 
herself had dined at the villa one Sunday; and thai Mr. Brade had 
since been in the habit of calling. 

"Does he conic here with your sanction! Is it your wish that 
lie should come here ?'' inquired Flower. 

" Why, to tell you the truth. George, I would rather that he 
stayed away : and 1 am grimed at the thought of now going there ; 
but then, you know how poor Reginald is situated ; and Mr. Brade 
being a magistrate, we dare not give him 

" Oh I that's it, is it .' Gro into your room, Mrs, Elarcourt, and 
take off your bonnet immediately." 

Flower drew himself up, and spoke in animperiou i tone of voice 
to the lady. The expression of his face at that moment r minded 
her forcibly of her own father's, when he was in a passion. Flower's 
lips wore quivering, and the veins in lib neck swelling to an unusual 
size, while his eyes seemed to dart tire. Even Susan was alarmed 
when she beheld that li' 

"G i to Brade's villa? By heaven you shall o tinned. 

'■I kn( . iin and liked him; bul aa him tooomonear 

any woman for whom I'd a regard, I'd cul his throat first, [now 

see whj he wanted to get mi I of the way, cho villain. Bufj 

thank God, I have oo q in the i hue to dl appoint 

and thwart his diabolical purpose. Take off your bonnet ! (3 
shall not ! I will, f .you, an I fmj 



104 Tilt; PORGEH's wife. 

" But remember, George, Mr. Brade is a magistrate," said 
Emily. 

" Wliat do I care for that ? I am not in Brade's power." 
" But Beginald is," said Emily. 

"No, lick not," said Flower. " I can smash Brade. lie is in 
By/power." Bushing into the street, Flower ordered Mr. Brade's 
groom to take the cabriolet away, and tell his master it was not 
wanted. 

"Let nobody say there's nothing in dreams," said Flower, when 
he returned to Emily's presence. "I dreamt in the bushranger's 
den, that I saw with ray own eyes what my coming here has pre- 
vented happening. Let Susan remain with you, please, till I eomo 
back. I'll not be very long away." 

Mower's looks, voice, and manner now carried Emily back to 
the days when she Has the joy and the pride of Orford Hall. His 
face was now the image of her father's. Agitated beyond descrip- 
tion, the unhappy woman burst into tears. She was glad that 
Flower had returned, and yet she feared that Ids violence with Mr. 
Brade would entail some disaster on her husband. 

Susan was full of the glorious achievements of George ; but Emily 
listened to them with a tame ear ; for her thoughts were engrossed 
in compassing the question — 

"How will this matter affect poor Reginald ?" 
On arriving at Mr. Brack's villa, Flower was struck with tho 
stillness of the place. Although the magistrate kept a number of 
servants, not a soul was to be seen. On hearing the sound of a 
horses hoofs, Mr. Brade came out into the verandah. When ho 
beheld Flower, he stood aghast. He believed him to be dead : for 
1 lower had enjoined Major Grimes not to mention the capture ; and 
he contrived to bring his party into Sydney without being re- 
cognised upon the road, 

"Is that you, Flower?" said Mr. Brade. 

" It is," said George. " Is there nobody to take mv horse to the 
stable? ' 

"I'm afraid there is not," replied Mr. Brade. "My rascally 
servants have all gone away." 

" Then I will tie the nag to the fence," said Flower. He did 
so ; and placing Ids hands in his pockets, and walking boldly up to 
the magistrate, looking him full in the face, and becoming red 
titli rage, Flower said, in a measured tone of voice — 

" Are you not a cowardly villain ?" 

" What do you mean, sir?" said Mr. Brade. pale with fear. 

" Why do you turn white and cower under my eye? Why do 
your bunds shake? You arc all alone! No one to come to you 



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THE MACI8THATE IN THE POWEB OF THE THIEFTAKER, 105 

if you scream for help! Nunc to save you if you implore for mercy 
from a strong ruffian ! You expected an innocent lamb, you wily wolf, 
and you find yourself face to face with a roaring lion." And seiaing 
Mr. Brade by the anus. Flower pinioned him wi totlio wall, 

glared hideously at him, grading his teeth while ho foamed at the 
mouth, and the saliva ran down either side of his finely chiselled 
chin. 

" Release me, Flower !" gasped Mr. P.rade. 

" You know she was a lady. You knew she was an object of 
pity, such as the world never saw before. You knew that the end 
of her visit hero to-day would have been her death — that she would 
have killed herself. And yet yon " 

" Release me, Flower !" 

"Don't speak, or I'll take your life here, and spare you the dis- 
grace and misery I am going to bring upon you. I will see you, 
before three months have passed away, walking about the streets of 
Sydney iu ragged clothes, and your toes peeping through your boots. 
You shall be starving, and compelled to pick up the half-crown I 
will throw to you, just as I would throw a bone to a hungry dog. 
You shall be turned out of your office, and forbade to come near 
Government House. Tour friends will not dare to countenance you 
— mark my words — you cowardly villain ! And in your poverty 
and wretchedness, your vanity shall not lie consoled by the reflection 
that your name has been coupled with that of the lady you e.\] 
here this evening. No ; you shall not have that satisfaction. Good 
ivening to you, Mr. Brade." 



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106 



IKE FORGER'S W1F8, 



CHAPTER XXX1L 

When Flower left Mr. Bradche went forth in quest of Roberts, 
Ho knew nil Roberts's old haunts, but he could not find him at any 
of them. From a woman, however, Flower learnt of Roberts's 
disaster on the race-course, and of his being stabbed by " the En- 
chantress." To her cottage he therefore repaired, and placed his 
car to the shutter. He heard Roberts's voice. He was teaching 
the woman how to play double dummy . 

Flower knocked at the door, and as soon as it was opened he 
forced his way into the room. 

The Enchantress had never had the pleasure of Mr. Flower's 
acquaintance, and she stared first at him and then at Roberts, who 
appeared, on observing his late master, extremely uncomfortable. 

" How do you do, Captain ?" said Flower, holding out his hand. 

" Quite well, thank you, Mr. Flower," said Roberts, giving his 
i and to George. Hut when Roberts wished to withdraw - his hand 
he felt it detained, and presently he roared with the intense pain 
which the iron grasp of George Flower's fist occasioned him. It 
seemed as though his hand were a vice ; the knuckles and the bones 
of the fingers were cracking under that awful pressure; his rings 
entered his flesh, and one of them was broken. 

" Don't make such a noise/' said the Enchantress, "you will havo 
all the police here." 

"My dear madam, / am all the police," said Flower, '-'and a 
pretty scrape you will get into for harbouring a convict, contrary to 
an act passed by the Governor in council, I am sorry to deprive 
you of this gentleman^ company, bul he must go with me, unless 
you will permit me to puni:-ii him villi this whip in your house. 
^ -, you really must give me leave," and thereupon Flower seized 
Roberts and began to belabour him son 

"On second thoughts, I will not lake him with me, madam," said 
Flower. "I could not trust myself alone with him to-night. He 
maj remain with you till two o clock in the morning, and al thai 
hour he may go home to bis wife, and tell her that he has been al 
Mr. Brade's villa, on the South Read road." 

"And are you really Mr. George Flower ?" said the Enchantress. 
" Well, I have often longed to see you. I heard you were such 
handsome man." 



FLOWER SETTLES AND PROSPERS. 10? 

" And so I was before I became so sunburnt," said Flower. " 1 
hear that you wentto the races with ray friend the Captain. Wliilo 
the Captain scrapes the mud oft' my loots, oblige me, madam, with 
the whole story, and I'll say nothing about finding a convict in your 
house at this hour of the night." 

Roberts did not require to be told twice to remove the mud from 
Flower's boots; and the Enchantress, seeing him so employed, and 
knowing full well the extent of Flower's power, i Btorv, 

while Flower smoked a pipe, and drank a bottle of pale ale which 
the Enchantress produced. 



CHAPTER XXX11I. 

Flower married Susan Briarly, and resigned his appointment in 
the police office. He took a public-house; and Emily painted his 
sign-board in oils — a portrait, of his famous horse. The house was 
called "The Sheriff's Arms." Flower also became the proprietor 
of a livery Btabli i, and i gaged In boat-building; and in all these 
ventures he was remarkably successful. Abrahams, the Jew, used 
to advance him any sums of money ho required at a moderate rate 
of interest, for Abrahams was under very peculiar obligations to 
Flower, and would not haveoftfcuded him on any account. In short, 
George Flower was now one of the must prosperous men in the 
Colony of New South Wales. 

Mr. Brade was dismu 1 ■ o the magistracy for improper con- 
duet, which Flower brought to light, and was walking about the 
streets of Sydney, almi lOted, and without a shilling in his 

pocket; and sure mey from George 

Flower's hand— not half-a-crown, but a five pound note. And 
Flower paid his passage to En '- nd, aft* r reluctantly forgiving hira 
the offence of which he had been guilt] . 

There was n constable who owed much to Mr. Brade, and 
lie fancied that Roberts was the cause of hia patron's ruin. He 
therefore brought to I of tho Bench, that " (his convict, 
d to his wife, was seldom at home with bis uiisl 



108 



the Fonccit's wife 



and that he was " iu the habit of staying out alJ night." The Bench 
regarded tin's as extremely improper, and the constable was ordered 
to apprehend Roberts on the next occasion that he found him in the 
streets, or in a public-house at a late hour. Soon after this, Roberts 
and the Enchantress were drinking together, and playing cards, at 
about two o'clock in the morning; and on the constable breaking 
in upon them, the Enchantress assaulted the constable ; and he, 
therefore, not only tool: Roberts into custody, but the woman also' 
and both were locked up in the cells. 

The next day, Emily was summoned to appear. She came, m 
fear and trembling, nnd beheld her husband in the dock — and beside 
him the Enchantress, who nodded familiarly to Emily, and then 
told " Reginald " to " cheer up." When Emily heard the deposition 
sworn to by the constable, and observed that her husband was silent 

when the magistrate asked him what he had to say in his defence 

when she found that he could not, or wotdd not look at her — when 
she heard the Enchantress abuse the magistrate, and tell him that 
"Charley" was a much finer gentleman than him (the magistrate), 
she was deprived, not only of power of speech, but of reason. 

"Have you anything to say, madam ! " inquired the magistrate. 
Emily stared at him, and sank into a chair. At this moment 
Flower came into the office, and took the unhappy woman away. 

The Bench were of opinion that the prisoner's services should 
bo withdrawn from Ms wife and resumed by Government. Judgment 
was delivered accordingly, and Roberts taken from the dock, and 
led to Hyde-park barracks, where he was divested of his blue frock 
coat and tasteful neck-tie, his fancy waistcoat, drab pantaloons, 
Wellington-boota, black beaver hat, and lemon-coloured kid-gloves; 
and clothed in a suit of coarse canvass apparel, consisting ol'a smock 
frock and trowsers, with the letters H.P.B. (Hyde-park barracks) 
and two broad arrows painted on various parts of either gar- 
ment. In lieu of his white linen shirt, a coarse blue cotton garment 
■en to him, and he was fitted with a pair of "slop " boots, 
With huge hobnails in the solus and heels. The rap he was required 
to wear ras made of black cloth, and shaped like an old fashioned 
nightcap with a large button on the top. He was made a messenger, 
and In- duties were to carry letters from the superintendent of 
police to the various public offices, 

Emily was now perfectly satisfied of the truth of all that she had 
previously disbelieved ; but still, she could nut banish " the unhappy 
wretch (she so spoke of him i iVom her gentle mind. She no longer 
desired to see him, or to speak to him; but since he was her 
husband, and she had loved him, she could not utterly abandon her 
interest in him. She was now living under the roof and under the 



ROBERTS Asn SLY. 



lO'l 



care of George Flower and his wife, who frequently suggested to 
her the advisability of returning to England, and claiming the f< 
giveness of her parents But Emily's invariable reply was?" Not 
long as that man lives." 



for- 
so 



CHAPTER XXXIV 

Flower bought two vessels— a ship and a brig. The ship was 
sent on a whaling expedition ; and the brig, with a gang of men 
was sent "sealing" to Macquarie Island. ' In six months, both 
vessels returned— the ship laden with sperm oil, and the brig with 
7,000 skins. The value of the two cargoes was E37.000. Such 
luck had never been heard of; and Flower, like n prudent man, 
sold all his property, and invested the proceeds in the Bank of New 
South Wales, and lived upon his dividends, which werf rather more 
than five thousand pounds a-ycar. 

Roberts's first forgery in New South Wales had been so successful, 
that ho was tempted to take a loftier flight. He conceived a 
noble project. He was to obtain a very large sum ui' money- 
purchase a vessel in the name of some "free man —haw her fitted 
out as a whaler— and in her get to America or the Cape-of Good 
Hope. 

There was a convict in Carter's barracks, called Sly— a shipmate 
of Roberts — who was an engraver — a very clever man in his trade ; 
a man who had successfully copied the plate of a provincial bank, 
and had paid, or rather was paying, the penalty Por bo doing. 
Roberts had a conference with Sly, and Sly said that " the plate ol 
the Bank of New South Wales would be mere child's pla\ " to him. 
Roberts and Sly forthwith " collaborated," and between them pro- 
duced a work of astounding merit, bo far as success was cone 
Sly did the engraving, and Roberts the signatures of I 
and the secretary. They made five hundred twenty-pound i 
and gradually cashed them. Amongst othei ires of Bank 

Directors, Roberts, with a laugh upon his lips, used those of I 
Flower and Robert Wardell. 

A convict, who had been formerly a commander in the Royal 



110 the fohger's WII'E. 

Navy, was now consulted about the vessel, and the means of escape. 
■ ! a fast-sailing schooner, then for sale, and "lying off 
the Queen's wharf." The boat was purchased, well stored with 
provisions, and all were ready for embarkation. 

Three casks with false tops, covered with biscuits, were con- 
structed to hold Roberts, Sly. and the naval gentleman, until the 
vessel was -''safe outside the Heads" — the harbour of Port Jackson. 
There wasnow nothing whatever to stand in the way of their escapo 
from the colony, except Roberts's evil propensity. He must needs 
invite the Enchantress to share his wild fortunes in — what he was 
pleased to call America — " the mother penal country." The En- 
chantress said she would, and Roberts then laid bare the whole of 
liis heart, and informed her of what the reader is already in posses- 
sion, touching his design to escape. But the woman did not keep 
her word. She gave notice to the police, went on board the 
schooner, and pointed out the three casks of biscuits in which the 
convicts were sitting-, mid peeping, respectively, through the bung- 
holes. 

The moment they were detected, each wanted to turn "king's 
evidence," and convict the other two. But the Custom-house 
officer who was on board, and who had some voice in the matter, 
verypfoperly observed, "Well, but you can't all three be I 
evidence — draw lots for it." This was done. A pipe-stem was 
broken into three unequal pieces, and the ex-naval hero was tlm 
lucky man — he drew the longest piece. 

The forgery part of the 1 had not yet transpired, and 

Roberts had in his pocket a quantity of the £20 notes, and with 
these he purchased his release from the constable who had him in 
charge, and who permitted Roberts to knock him down and run 
away, while Sly was being conveyed to the jail by another constable 
whom he had not the menus of I riling. 

Sly was hanged, and Roberts made the best of his way towards 
Bathurst, where he joined two other runaway convicts of desperate 
character — men who (to use the colonial trope) had ropes around 
their necks; and, erelong, Roberts was the captain of the gang, which 
lm fears induced him to increase until it numbered seven. At the 
head of this gang, or rather in the rear of it, Roberts committed 
I highway robberies, and in more than one instance wilful and 
wanton murder. Large rewards and conditional pardons, OS usual, 
were offered for the apprehension of these bushrangers, but still thej 
contrived to remain at large, and carry on their depredations with 
vigour and daring. 






ROBERTS A BUSIIKANCIKR, 



111 



CHAPTER XXXV. 

One morning, Flower read in the Australian newsier the 
following paragraph :— " The notorious Roberts, the confederate of 
Sly, who was hanged for the forgery on the Bank of New South 
Wales, is one of the gai & of bushrangers whose deeds have recently 
occupied so much of our space, He was recognised by a bullock- 
driver in charge of a dray belonging to Captain Raine, of Bathurst, 
which dray was robbed of sundry stores about a fortnight ago/' 

Flower had given up business of every sort and hind, and was 
now living quietly in a villa which he had built on a lovely spot of 
land overlooking the ocean. It was near a place called Bundyo 
Bay, and not very far distant from the famous bay (Botany) whence 
the colony of New South Wales has derived its disagreeable (from 
association) cognomen. Emily was still under the protection of Mr. 
and Mrs. Flower. Indeed, it was owing to her determination not 
to quit the colony so long as her husband was alive, that Flower re- 
mained in the South, for he now panted to put foot again on the 
soil where he was reared, and stand on Yewbray Bridge, once more, 
and say, "I would do it again to-morrow. Ho robbed my sister of 
her \ in ue, and he broke the old woman's heart, as well as the dear 
girl's." 

It was in a strange frame of mind that George Flower strolled 
down to the beach which bounded his domain, and faced the strong 
wind, which blow in his face and tossed about his long thin hair, and 
sent the monster waves hissing and creaming to his 

" Roberts a bushranger !" said Flower, conl mptuously looking 
over the breakers at the troubled main beyond them. " Roberts a 
bushranger! Defying the police! What has bushrangering and 
the police come to, at last ? What would Donahough or JMillighan 
say to this? or Webber, or Alfred Jackson '! — brave men who have 
died by this hand I 1 would take Roberts, armed to the teeth, as 
he would be, with no other weapon than a horsewhip, or a soldier's 
cane! You till me that I could not," said Flower, talking to tie 
winds and the waves, and knitting his brows, and compressing his 
lips. " 1 could not ? I will, I swear— to you 1 swear, I K»« .'" 

Flower turned round, walked hastily home, went into the stable, 
kissed Sheriff, and smiled at the soars which deeoratcd the gallant 
little animal. 



J 12 THE FORGER'S WWB. 

" I owe all uiy fortune to you, Sheriff, my little dear," said 
Flower, embracing bis horse. " If it had not been for you, Sheriff, 
1 should have been killed many a time. Come Along, my darling, 
let us have another brush. We'll go out together on a spree, as it 
were, and tell Susan we are going to see a flock of sheep that's to be 
sold at Bathurst.. Riches have not made either of us fat, Sheriff — 
have they ? But, my honour, you are getting as gray as a badger, 
and I'm getting one or two in my whiskers. Can't you kick, old 
boy, as hard as ever?" 

Flower touched Sheriff in the ribs, and the panel of the stall, on 
which the horse instantly left the imprint of his hoof, very loudly 
responded to the question. 

That night Flower told his wife and Emily that he was going up 
to Bathurst to look at a farm which he thought of buying, and next 
morning after breakfast he took an affectionate farewell of them, and 
rode Sheriff quietly along the road to Paramatta, calling, as was his 
wont in former days, at every public-house to have a few words 
with the landlord, the landlady, or the barmaid. And Flower took 
the opportunity of paying, with interest at twelve per cent., a num- 
ber of scores which had been standing against him, and had escaped 
his memory for several years past, From Paramatta Flower rode to 
Penrith, and from Penrith, in one day, he went to Bathurst — a dis- 
tance of ninety miles. It was to the house of Major Grimes that 
Flower guided Sheriff. The Major was delighted to see him again, 
and so was Mrs. Grimes. lint his host and hostess could not 
prevail upon him to go into their sitting-room. 

" No, Major; no, Mrs. Grimes," said Flower. " Riches doesn't 
alter rank; give me something in the kitchen, and come there and 
let me talk to you. The first time I came here I carried off some of 
your tea and sugar, Major, and the second time I carried oft' dear 
Sue. So you see I have been to you a regular robber." 

When Flower made known the reason of his visiting the 
Bathurst district again, Major Grimes was astounded, and so 
expressed himself. 

" Ah, but you see, Major, it i3 not a matter of money with mo 
now," said Flower ; " it is a matter of passion anil fooling. T cannot 
tell you all that is in my breast. But it must be ; I must take this 
fellow and his gang, and you must help me." 
L ' II IW '.'" inquired Major Q) 

" Why, you must give me a man and a horse, and you must 
make Captain Piper do the same, and all the other settlers who 
have had drays stopped and robbed. I want about six plucky men, 
all well mounted. Gov'menL's a fool for going to the expense of 
mounted police. You ought to learn tin' value of eombination, and 



PREPARATIONS FOR THE CAPTURE. 



1?3 



tow to protect yourselves. You can club up to get rid of the 
clacks, when they spear your cattle or steal your sheep, Why oan't 
you capture your own bushrangers? Why, hang it, the rewards 
would more than pay for the loss of time, and look at the induce- 
ment that a ticket-of-leave would be to your servants engaged hi the 
affair." 

" I see," said Major Grimes ; " but had wo not better speak to 
the officer commanding the mounted police 1" 

" No, no," said Flower ; " I wish to teach you settlers, and the 
Gov'ment, and bushrangers, a great moral lesson. I waul to i) 
you more independent and secure — busl is numerous and 

daring — and Gov'ment more economical and sensible." 



CHAPTER XXXVI. 

Fl.OWER carried his point. Every settler who iad been 

recently robbed was called upon, and cum contributed man. 
Some volunteered to take the field themselves; but to this FJ i 
for good reasons, no doubt, objected. 

It was amusing to see Flower, mounted on Sheriff, pul 
small force through its various evolutions, in a paddool 
Major Grimes's parlour windows, The great difficulty that ho had 
to overcome was making the stork horses stand fire. 

All this was at lust accomplished, and one line frosty morning 
the force, with its leader at its head, moved out for action. Infor- 
mation had been gleaned by Flower of the enemy — loon 
eleven miles from Major Grimes's, and not \ iry fardl tarn fl 

den which has been already described ID thi! n.uiai 

officer ever knew better than George Flower t&e valueof aci 
intelligence — touching not only the enemy's position, but Ilia itr ngth ( 
weakness, and resources. On 1 11 these points Flower was bhori 
informed. From long expu the 1 ry hour n 

gang would I i the move.— -whal direction it would take— and 

what would probably be its sport, >i o • ic) of phmdoi ; and 
this occasion his oaloulations were marvellously correct. 

After riding eight mill ere seen, in the distanc 

•even men on horseback, " These are thej I Flower. "U 



J*4 THE forger's wife. 

By lads, be steady. When I tell you to charge, out swords and at 'em. 

Nevermind your pistols, and don't mind (heirs; it is not. easy to 
shoot a man from the back of a horse in motion, but it is the easiest 
thing in the world to cut one clown from the saddle. Be steady !— 
Here tliey come ! " 

The forces were within a hundred and fifty yards of each other. 
Roberts became alarmed at seeing so strong a party, and suddenly 
recognising Sheriff and his rider, he called aloud — " It is all over 
with us!" — then turned his horso and galloped away, followed by his 
gang, in great, confusion. 

" Charge ! " cried Flower. " Charge ! " This order was obeyed, 
and a hard contest, in speed, immediately ensued, for Roberts and 
his party were excellently mounted. Ere long they came to some 
very bad ground, which slackened the speed of the horses, and in a 
tv\v moments the pursued and pursuers mingled and fought, hand to 
hand. 

Three out of the seven bushrangers were killed. Amongst them 
was Roberts. Flower lost two men and received a rather severe 
blow on his head from the butt end of an adversary's pistol. Never- 
theless, the victory was complete, and what Flower so eagerly desired, 
" Charles Eoberts, alias Reginald Harcourt," ceased to live. 

" Fes," said Flower, gazing on the corpse of Roberts, while his 
companions were digging a hole wherein to bury their own dead, and 
that of the enemy—" Yes, it w so. It was to be. Something always 
told me it would be so. I knew it, I felt it." Then turning to 
another of the slain he contemplated for several minutes the features 
so recently sealed in death. What was Flower's surprise, his horror, 
on recognising the face of a woman whom he knew in former days— a 
woman named Ellen Legcr. She had been transported for poisoning 
her fether, and on arriving in the colony had been " drawn 
servant, by a gentleman in power and in authority, and with that 
gentleman she had remained for several years. She afterwards ran 
away, committed some offence, was apprehended, shorn of her 
long black hair in the Paramatta factory, and from that hour became 
a 5 cry desperate person. She had been good-looking, nay, hand- 
some, and the (races of beauty were still upon her face. 

"Well, thank Heaven," cried Flower, "that it was nor, / who 
cut you down, my poor girl, I was very near doing it once, to- 
day!" 

The bodies were buried, and the captured prisoners and their 
horses taken to Major Grimes's. Flower did not accom- 
pany the cavalc ide. He was overcome by a curiosity to revi 
spot where he fought -Millighan a few years previously, and Flower 
wended his wav to the old den. 



SLOWER A.SD THE BOXES OP MILUGHAX. 11? 

Not a soul had been there since the day ho left it. 

On the limestone table was a pipe which had belonged tn 
Millighau, and a clasp knife which was once the property fit Drobne, 

Of the fowls not one remained; but tho pigeons still clung to 
the abode ; albeit thoy were now very wild, instead of so tamo that 
they would settle on the heads and shoulders of those who formerly 
fed them. 

There was property still in that den, — trims, pistols, swords, hand* 
cuffs, plated ware, saddles, &o. &e. ; but Flower was not dispo? id to 
carry anything away, except the broken handcuffs, which the reader 
may remember had been filed from his wrist on the night of his first 
appearance in that locality. 

From the den, flower proceeded on foot to the top of the moun- 
tain, leaving Sheriff in an enclosure, eating some rich grass which 
grew therein. 

"Yes, that is the rock," said Flower to himself, pointing to a 
huge mass of limestone. "Yes, that is it — this is the way." 

The awful stillness of the place had .struck Flower when 
there talking to Millighan, but now it was even more striking, more 
awful. Had Flowers heart been susceptible of fear, at that moment, 
and in that spot, would the passion have stolen over him. As it was, 
he could not help muttering', " What is the matter with me '.' I feel 
very curious — what is it?" he asked of himself, grounding his 
double-barreled fowling-piece, " What is it? There's nobody here, 
and if there was, what do /care ?" 

"I care," the echo answered him. 

Flower started, and then smiled at himself for so doin 
dearest!" cried Flower, at the top of his voice, and echo responded 
the last word. 

"All safe?" cried Flower. 

"Sale," was the reply. 

(The echo amongst these Hi Is something 

derful.) 

At a. slow pace, and with a reverential feelii 
directed his steps to the spot where lay the bones ol Millig hi n. Si 
placed his guu beside a ruck-, and, unarmed, wei ion the relies 

of mortality which had thither attracted him, 

There was tin' skeleton of the man, quite p rfeot. Corruption 
had rotted the flesh, and with the flesh theolotli 
The eagle had no d body, nor had the wild dogi 

There lay nil thai remained of the nun, as m fill, tho rusted mi 
by his side. Bui mingled with the bones ol the mas w re 
and the skull of the dog— th ier, who had die 1 ofstarva* 

whom he lovid i well Fresh from 4 



116 THE FOKCEB'S WIFE. 

scene of slaughter — with human blood recently shed upon his hands 
and clothes, Flower sat beside the skeletons of Millighan and his 
dog, and relieved the heart of its heaving by shedding scalding tears. 
" Yuu were a man," said Flower, staring wildly into the sockets 
which once contained Millighan's bright eyes—" and you, poor dog, 
you were as clever and as '>nive as lie was. Better to die with one 
you loved than live without him. Dear Kettli-s.'' 

Flower put his hand gently on the little dog's skull ; but did not 
disturb the position which, in the last moment, the dog had taken up 
on the breast of his master. 

-What is this?" cried Flower. "Here is the ball — the ball 
which flew from that carbine, and stopped the current of his life ! " 
and inserting carefully his fiijycrs between the ribs of Millighan's 
skeleton, he took up, and held between his forefinger and thumb, 
the fatal and slightly battered piece of lead. 

Flower was in the very act of putting the bullet into his pocket; 
Vit something checked his hand; some mysterious power seemed 
Jo whisper, " Kb" — and Flower replaced the bullet with the same 
care, lest he should disturb the tones, that he used when he re- 
moved it. 

Millighan, when ho fell, had in his pocket a small silver flask, 
which contained spirits. On this the worms could not bancptet, and 
there it was— blackened, but still perfect. " Into this I will put Ins 
epitaph," said Flower, "' and some day or other, when these remains 
may be stumbled across, those who find them shall not suppose ho 
was some black fellow." So Flower wrote on a piece of paper with a 
pencil, the following words: " This man's name was Millighan ; he 
was killed in a fair fight with one George Flower. The dog's name 
was 'Nettles.' George Flower wrote this himself. My handwriting 
is well known." 

Oriel, as well as ardent spirits, has its intoxicating properties; 

»nd Flower lost sight of the fact that the day was drawing to a 

'. For full three hours he remained beside the skeleton— 

ulating as more educated philosophers have done before him, 

*PQD matters which w<- have no inclination to discuss. 

i Flower left the skeletons of Millighan and the dog, it 
was almost dark, and quite dark before lie arrived at the den. To 
find liis way to Major Grimes's was utterly impossible. In the 
broad daylight it would be far from an easy matter, for the trees 
♦hich had been marked had, in the course of nature, -bed their bark 
leveral times since Flower was an inhabitant of the den. Flower, 
therefore, was compelled to stay in the den all night ; into the den 
he took Sheriff, and, in the absence of any other companion, talked 
'o the licrse incessantly, and asked the little animal, several times, 



AN OVERFLOW OF SENTIMENTALITY. 117 

whether he would not rather die with him (Flower), as tfettlca had 
done with Millighan, than live with any other .natter? 

At about twelve o'clock Flower became very I mgrjr. Ho hai 
not tasted food for eighteen tours. He next became faint, then 
ravenous, and would have given any sum of money for even a 
biscuit and a glass of wine He made a live (as the aborigu-es do 
by rubbing two pieces of by stick together till they ignite), and 
was sitting over it, thinking how he could satisfy the cravings oi 
hunger, when suddenly he got up, lighted a wax candle (there won 
several pounds of wax candles in the den), aud searched about ii 
the desperate hope that " something to eat" might be discovered, 
There was a box of macaroni, which with his own hands Flower had 
taken from the dray of Captain Piper j but it was rotten, and full 
of weavels, and when handled, it became like "sea He 

mixed this with water, kneaded, and was frying it, when he heard 
the pigeons cooing in their cote. 

That horrible impulse of our nature which always steals over us 
under similar circumstances, now stole over Flower, and he was 
bent on taking the life of one of those creatures which have been 
" sanctified to our uses." ne put down the frying pan, ejaculat- 
ing, " By Jove ! a grilled pigeon !" 

Flower went out stealthily from the den, put his hand into the 
cote, and withdrew a plump bird. He brought il into the den with 
the intention of wringing ita neck, but lo and behold! herecognised 
"poor old Moses," a pigeon so christened by the women; and 
around the bird's leg there was a gold ear-ring. 

" 1 would not hurt you, or any of your numerous family, far the 
whole world," said Flower, releasing the patriarch pigeon, which, 
strange to say, seemed not afraid of George Flower ; for, instead 
of (lying away in terror, ho partook of the macaroni pancake, dipped 
his beak into the water, aud pouted about the table, m appan 
an cestacy oi satisfaction. 

The next morning, at daybreak, Flower saddled Sheriff, and 
rode to Major Grimes's. His absence had caused great alarm, and 
people had been despatched in all directions to search for him, foi 
the Major was fearful that Flower had been " lost in the bush.'' 

The bushrangers were "given up" to the men who had a 
in their capture, and Flower took leave of Major aud Mrs, hues, 
after thanking them over and over igain for notbeingan ywith 
him for talcing awey from them "the best hearted and prettied 
girl that ever breathe.' " 



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THE FOItGEIt'8 WIFB. 



CHAPTER XXVU. 

The death of Roberts and the two odors who fell by his side, 
and the capture of the remainder, were published in all the papers 
(the Sydney Gazette, the Monitor, and the Australian). But Mrs, 
Flower and Emily knew nothing of this ; for Flower, previous to 
setting out upon his expedition, had " stopped his subscription,"' and 
had given orders to his servants that no newspaper was to be allowed 
in the house during his absence. It would be difficult to say which 
of the two welcomed Flower back the more heartily, Susan or 

Emily. 

• • • • • • 

" Why are you out of sorts, George ?" said Susan, when Flower, 
after dinner, was sitting silently over the lire, smoking his pipe ; 
"you have been away for more than a month, and, now that you 
have come back, you won't speak a word." 

" Go to bed, Susoy, dear,'' said George, with a kind look, which 
f'.isan understood. "I want to have some conversation with Mrs, 
iJarraurt.""' 

Susan lighted her candle — bade Emily good night — and left 
Ihc room. 

"Now look here," said Flower, " there's no use in hesitating. I 
am going homo to England, and mean to take Sue. Will you go 
*ith us, or not?" 

" Not so long as that man lives." 

" He does not live : he is dead !' 
Emily stood up. Her face became very pale; she trembled, and 
tela, " Dead ! Is Reginald dead 1" 

Flower, observing her emotion, dropped his pipe, caught her in 
his arms, and cursed himself for breaking, so abruptly, intelligence 
of a nature which he ought to have known would shock the feelings 
of a sensitive woman. 

A scene ensued— Susan was called— and Emily conveyed to her 
room, in a state of insensibility. 

The shock over, Emily's mind experienced a relief, when she 
reflected on Roberts's death. Her chief anxiety, of late, had been 
lest he should perish by the hands of the public executioner. 

Emily now no longer objected to accompanying Flower and lua 



DEATH OF FLOWER'S W1BE, 



119 



wife to England, though she feared that her parents would nevet 
forgive her, or listen to any of her entreaties. 

Flower sold lib hank stock and houses, and the proceeds were 
£51,000. With bills upon England for this amount, he embai 
on board the old Lady Jane Grey. The stem cabins were engaged, 
and Emily had one of them— and a good-sized cabin, in the fore 
part of the vessel, was secured for Sheriff, whom Flower eould not 
1 avc behind him. 

Off Cape Horn the Lady Jane encounl «d very boisterous 
weather, and Susan, who was in delicate health, became seriously ill. 
Kuiily, who had of late gained strength and spirits, watch d "her 
with much care and tenderm a, and thus repaid a portion of the 
obligations she was under to Susan's husband. 

But, alas! neither the skill of the surgeon, nor the attentions of 
Emily and of George, could hold in its mansion the fleeting breath 
of Susan Flower. She died iu the arms of her manly husband, and 
was committed to the troubled deep on the following afternoon. 

For several '.lays after the death of his wife, Flower never uttered 
a single word, or shed a single tear— nor eould he be prevailed upon 
to take food. His cheek-bones began to protrude, beneath his 
eyes came dark lines, and his face was as pale as that of a corpse. 
He sat down upon a chest, in his cabin, and there remained] in u 
perfect lethargy of woe. 

Emily became alarmed; and did nil in her pov e her 

protector, and console him. She who hail recently been as I 
iis an infant, was now as active and intellis experienced 

nurse j while he who had lately been as strong as a yon::- lion, was 
nerveless and childish, in his >\ i whelming affliction. 

Old Captain Dent, this voyage.had his wife on board, She 
was a motherly lady, who had seen much sorrow in her i ay arising 
from domestic bereavement, and she hinted to E 
could bo moved to tears, his present mood would speedih 
appear. Emily acted on this hinl-^-tooh Mrs, Dent into Flower's cabin 
—and began to tell Mrs. Dent, in Flower's presi nee, of all 
good qualities: how kind and gentle was Susan, and how beautiful 
and good-natured, 

At first, Flower did not heed Emily's discourse. There 
gazing on the floor, and wearli • "''"•''' 

hud overspread his countenn ideath. But, at length, 

his car drank in a few of Emily's words, and lie regarded her 
intently. 

Emily pursued the strain, and, ere I ; ' 

forth" from that ovorohai and Flower wm aroused Co 

consciousness. 



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TUB FOllGKP 8 /VIFK. 



CHAPTEB XXXYUI. 

after n passage of four months, the Lady Jane Grey sighted 
the Lizard Light, and next morning the land was clearly visible. 
Flower ami Emily were gazing on it from the poop, aad experiencing 
those emotions common to all who have been for any length of time 
absent from their country. 

'< Where do you intend going when we land, George ?" Emily 
inquired. J 

" To Orford Hall," was the reply. 
Emily shuddered, and remained silent for a few minutes. 
"But I cannot go there,'-' said she, " until I have written to mv 
father and mother.' J 

"Kb," said Flower s "but you can go with me to a road-side 
fan that stands near Yewbray Bridge— or that used to stand there 
in „,v day— and there you can remain until I have seen your father 
and heard what he has got to sa\ . 

"And will you see him?" she inquired. 
_ '• Of course, I will," said Flower. " I wonder if he will remem- 
ber me. He used to be very fond of me when 1 was a little fellow, 
and always took a great interest in my welfare. What awful 
change, we shall find in the neighbourhood! Prepare your mind 

for that, Mrs. ." (Flower, since Roberts's death, never breathed 

any name when addressing Emily.) 

-1 am prepared for all," said the unhappy lady. "I am even 
prepared ior the refusal of my father and mother to receive me 
their roof. I am prepared to lead a life in England quite as 
unhappy and as cheerless as was that in New South Wales." 




FLOWEB IN ENGLAND. 



121 



CHAPTER XXXIX. 

At Gravcsend Flower and Emily disembarked — and Sheriff, tl\o 
first Australian horse that ever rounded Oape Horn. Sheriff waa 
very stiff on lauding, though in excellent condition : and he created 
no small amount of curiosity with those present ; for Flower had 
brought home the identical saddle that Sheriff always wore on great 
expeditions, and it was now upon the little horse's back. It was 
not a pig's shin, but made out of the hide of a calf. Its naps were 
not padded, but flush. The stirrup-leathers were as black as ink, 
and very thin, though strong ; the irons that were attached to them 
were so small, that the toe only of a man's hoot could get inside 
them. There was a sheep's skin spread behind the saddle, and 
fastened under the crupper. On this reposed sundry pairs of hand- 
cuffs, and a small chain. The bridle, too, was rather quaint; the 
head-piece was that of a gig horse, with the blinkers cut off; and 
the bit, a racing snaffle, as light (to use Flower's words) as a feather. 
But if the horse and his trappings attracted attention, so did 
also his master. 

Riches had not worked any change in either Flower's sentiments 
or dross, He still wore the uniform fustian shooting-coat and fus- 
tian trowsers (washed white), aud the blue cloth waistcoat; boots, 
faced up the front, and a cabbage-tree hat, with a black ribbon ; 
while around his neck was a blue silk handkerchief, lied in a sailor's 
knot. 

Flower had become not only very " colonial " in outward ap- 
pearance; but in parlance ho was peculiarly so. He had mixed a 
good deal with the blacks during \>\- stay abroad ; and in the colony 
(where the aboriginal language, if it be not thoroughly understood 
by the European, nevertheless contributes sundry words and pi 
which became current) it was all very well to use occasi molly o little 
of it ; but in England it was otherwise; and therefore, "hen Flower 
told a groom to give Sheriff some " patter," he was driven to explain 
that "patter" did not mean a thrashing, but "grub." So, also, 
when he used the word •• norang" (small) but "bidgee" (gi od), the 
groom did not quite comprehend the gentleman's praise ofbis horsoj 
which induced Flower to say — 

"Yon stare at me as if I had just come 
country !" 



1-2-2 



THE FORGER'S WIFE. 



A Inrge carriage and post-horses were ln'rod, and Emily and liet 
boxes] Flower took his seat in the rumble. They had 

only a journey of twenty miles before them. 

When they Beared the spot where they had been born, how 
strangely did the heart of each palpitate. 

And now, every house, every tree, every lane, became familiar 
Flower's eye. And— yes, ihcro was the bridge ! Yewbray 

There was the spot, where the young Squire fell — and there was 
thi> little road-side inn, whither George Flower, on that, morning, 
now twenty years ago, ran, and boasted of having done the deed ! 

" Stop!" cried Flower. ' ; Pull up here!" 

Flower descended, and took Emily from the carriage into the 
inn. She was greatly agitated, and very pale; but Flower bade Iter 
take heart, make herself comfortable, and not talk to any of the 
people of the hou 

The landlady did not recognise Flower, but lie recognised her. 
She was a young unmarried girl when he left that part of the world. 
She was now the mother of eight or nine children. Ho longed to 
make himself known to the landlady; but contrived to master 
his inclination, and left the inn on foot. He went to the lodge 
whore his family used to live. All were gone ! 

Flower paused for a few minutes. 

"Ah! that's where I shall get the most information in the 
space of time!" said Flower to himself; and he bent his 
steps to the church-yard, wherein he had often played as a boy, 
and where he had first learned to read. 

Yes; there was told the tale. His mother was sleeping beside 
that sister whom he so dearly loved. But of his father, who always 
treated him and his sister with so much severity, there was no record. 
de the grave, and placed his head on the atone which 
marked the spot where lay the dear ashes of his kindred; and he 
plucked sonii and placed them on the stone. He then 

strolled about the yard, and saw the graves of many whom he had 
lclt in the bloom of life — many a brave lad, and' many a bonnie 
girl, with whom he was d. Inside the ohureh he then 

moved, to see what inroads death had made amongst the gentry. 
the gentiy had suffered as much as the peasantry. Lord 
Waldane's monumental there, and those of many other 

great folks whom he remembered. And there was cut upon a pie ie 
of white marble these words : " In memory of Emily, « ifa of Edward 
Ofrord, Esq., of Orford Hall." 

" Then he is not dead," said Flower,—" he is still living. I am 
sorry for -Mrs. Orford; but, why I know not. she never liked IM. 



FLOWER AND MR. OHFOBD. 



123 



It was now evening, and Flower walked to Orford Hall, which 
stood about three quarters of a mile distant from the church, llu 
inquired at the lodge if Mr. Orfonl was at homo, and was 
answered — " Yes." He entered the house, and expressed to the 
footman a wish to see the master. 

"What name?" 

"Well, I don't see the necessity of giving ray name," said 
Flower. " Tell Mr. Orford that a person has come to give hi 
some information. Mr. Orford is a magistrate, I believe?" 

« Yes." 

" Then go, and tell him what I have told you." 

The footman called to another footman, and saying, loud enough 
for Flower to hear — "Keep this gentleman company until I come 
back," — he went into the library to deliver the message. 

After an absence of a few minutes, the footman returned, and 
said — « Walk this way ;" and he conducted Flower to Mr. Orford'a 
presence. 

Mr. Orford had grown very old, infirm, and irritable. When 
Flower waa announced he was reading the Bible. 

" Well, sir, and what may be your business ?" he asked. 

" It is private business, sir." 

" Shut the door, and go," said Mr. Orford to the footman. 

"You do not remember me, sir," said Flower, "hen they were 
alone. 

" No, sir ; who are you 1" 

" It is more than twenty years ago since we met, sir." 

" Well, that may be. Bui who are you ? What do you want? 
What is your business?" 

" Sir, you knew not only me, but everybody belonging to me." 

Mr. Orford put on his spectacles and surveyed the intruder. He 
rose from his chair, with the assistance of his hands, approached 
Flower, who was still stand in- hat in hand, and peered into his 

•' I food Heaven I" ejaculated (lie old man. placing his hands upon 
Flower's shoulders. " My boy ! Is it yon. ( to trgo ?" and ho clung 
to Flower, and clutched him by the elbows. 

"You remember me now, sir?" 

"Remember you ? Forgive me for speaking harshly to you, my 
poor boy. How often have I thought of you, of late— longed for 

you to be here with me, to talk to me and read to me. Why did 
you not write to me V and the old man shed tears which fell Upon 
the cuffs of Flower's sh coat; and Flower, too, wept and 

loved the old man for his warm jre 

" You will stay with me?" said Mr. Orford. "You will never 
leave me, Gaorgo? I am nil alone here, with no one but these 



124 



THE F0UGEK S WIFE. 



<:(.s about me. Sit down, and tell me all that has happened to 
you." 

Flower obeyed Mr. Orford. He told him of his career in the 
colony, and of his circumstances — that he had returned with £50,000, 
and more, and how he made it. But Flower did not yet touch upon 
Emily. 

" T wish I could tell you something," said the old man. 
" Do so, sir." 

" Not now ; to-night ; when every ono is in bed, fast asleep." 
"And I wish, sir. I could tell you something." 
"Perhaps you suspect ic — know it ?" 
"What, sir?" 
" My secret." 
" No, sir ; I fancy not." 
" Then tell me, what is it you wish to say ?" 
Flower fell upon his knees, and said, " For God's sake, Mr, 
Orford, forgive your only child !" 

■• I do," cried the old man, raising him — " I do — I did long ago, 
for it was a crime which wil] be pardoned in heaven." 

t: Then may 1 bring her to you ? She is not far from you, at 
this moment. I have protected her as though she had been my own 
sister, or my own child." 

"Her? Who?" inquired Mr. Orford, eagerly. 
"Your only child, Emily, a wretched widow, who repents of her 
folly." l 

" Are you mad ?"' said Mr. Orford, " or Is this a dream ? Emily 
lives? No— sheia dead, poor dear. She died, without a friend to 
compose her limbs, and her mother—" The old man faltered, and 
wept afresh. 

'• I have been the protector of your daughter for several years 
past— up to this very hour." 

« How— her protector ? "Where ?" 

'_ : In New South Wales. I have been to her a brother, though 
she is of gentle blood, and I am not." 

'• Emily lives ? Where is she ? Conduct me to my child. Order 
the carriage." 

" T.et me bring her here, sir." 

" Then baste— haste !" said the old man. "What a strange 
world is this! This night, George, you shall know the truth ! " 




THE MEETING OF EMILY AND HER, FATHER. 



J 25 



CHAPTER XL. 

Flower hasted in the carriage to the roadside inn, "here he 
found Emily in sore distress. She had gleaned that her mother 
was numbered with the dead, and so great was her grief, that the 
glad tidings of her father's forgiveness did not. stay her teais. 

As soon (is Flower left Orford Hall, Mr. Orford ordered the 
servants not to come near him until they were called, so that when 
Flower returned with Emily, there was not a som to be seen. 

The poor penitent was conducted to the library, and there the 
meeting villi her father took place. 

She knelt to the old man, and with upraised hands craved his 
pardon ; and he forgave her from his heart, and placed his aged 
Wilms upon her aching head, and blessed her, and sanctified the 
>lessing with pious tears. And Emily was once more under her 
»wn roof, and was installed the mistress of that ancient abode. And 
ih.it night she slept in, or rather wandered about, the room which 
from childhood up to the unhappy date of her error had been her's. 
And Emily heard from her father's lips that her mother had, in 
lier dying moments, forgiven he* 1 , and prayed for her salvation in 
the world to come. 

And that night Mr. Orford divulged to George the secret to 
which, in the morning, the old man bad so mysterioi 
Ho toid George that when he, Mr. Orford, was a very young man, 
be was wicked enough to engage the affections of a young girl 
whom his parents would not permit him to marry— that had he 
married her he woidd have been disinherited ; — that the fruit of this 
connection were two children, a boy and a girl — that Lord Waldaue's 
gamekeeper, Edward Flower, had married the mother of these two 
children, receiving with his wife a marriage portion of several hundred 
pounds — that he, George Flower, was the son, and Bessy, whoso 
wrongs he had avenged, the daughter ; and hence thai remarkable 
likeness which not only " Bessy" but George Flower himself bore to 
Emily ! 

• »«♦•*► 

A few months passed away, and Flower began to feel lonely 
J ml miserable. He no longer cured for shooting and fishing. 
these sports had lost their charm with him. He fancied that he 
was looked upon with suspicion by persons with whom he made 
ftoquaintancej and it became tediom to him to explain to everj 
who heard that he was "an expiree," that he was "no! transp 
for thieving, or anything mean or low, but for justifiable mw 



126 the forger's wife. 

Flower engaged a passage for himself and Sheriff) and ro-souglit 
shores whereon lie had achieved so much renown, and where 
he was " as well known as the Governor or the Chief Justice, and 
quite as much respected by honest men and feared by rogues.'' He 
kent up a regular correspondence with Emily and her father, and 
frequently sent them Australian curiosities, such as kangaroos, emus, 
flying squirrels, parrots, and cockatoos; in return he received sad- 
dlery, cutlery, and other matters precious in his sight. 

Mr, Orford died, and Emily succeeded to his eslalo. 

Some time afterwards, Emily was sitting in the drawing-room, 
all alone, when a card was put into her hand. 

" Sir Charles Everest!" 

How Emily blushed. What scenes, painful and other, did the 
sight of that name recall ! 

Sir Charles took Emily's band, and said to her, " I will not re- 
lease this till you promise to be mine. I have never ceased to love 
you, Emily, dearest, and I never shall cease to do so." 

Emily held down her head, and gave no reply — but she suffered 
him to retain her hand in his, and play with its small finders. 
Presently, he raised it to his lips, and kissed it fervently, She ac- 
cepted his proposal on the condition that he would uever remind 
her or allude to the dark past. After a few months Emily became 
lady Everest. And the even Lug of her life was tranquil and happy . 




APPENDIX. 



127 



APPENDIX. 



Mb. Stani.ky, In ttferedeMt*. Stenley-KnuInduL nvait perdu <lcpui reo 
iani.fesonnum, lorsqu'dle vlnt s MtaLlir a T.omlr,, «ftadc ,. ■', I , -,i, ,nner 1'^" 



_ _. l—~j ,'- — - i>'«" "«"«B C Bm«™, IJllll'SIliS Ills C 

emigre, an Canada avec un emploi du gouvemement : li 
• « citt, ou, pom- 6iro plu? prea de sou bureau, Mrs, Stan 
lOiuS une modcste maison. ' ' 




maison Stanley. 

. ^/Prenaitaouventlethd, amusait ses notes par l'histoiro de ses campagues et 

introdiusait adroiteincnt celle de sea anc&l a de I'esperance qu'il 




l>ai i:r, lorsqu'il declara sun intention de «e fixer en Anglcterre. si 
Miss Stanley oo i a^venir sa femmc, declaration parfaitement accue 

la mere, do la tille et du l'rere, tons enohantes dn onannnnt Polonaia, 

Lo 7 avril 181-1, ce l'nt lui qui aniva triumphant aupres de .-.i future ct annonca 

liiceupali.m de Paris paries allies. "I/Europe," ajoiu:.-!-:!, "va : 

Set ma fortune aussi ; maia il faut que je parte Bans dfloi ; il Caul q i 
ours jo sois nnpres do mon aneieu general" Elian palitttl 
*ra. Stanley versa des larmes: maia Krasinski s'emprei i 

raia deja en possession de mes biena," du-il. " one je me exoirais le i lua lache 
doa houimes si j'e'tai la tenure aospitalite 1 qae je ractu 9 Londrea.,,. 

si je ne tenuis lea sermentsqui me lient acette familledDni j'ai vouln fairs la mienne, 
— ou plutOt si j'oubliais cette attection si 
va:ux ne snuiaic c'touffer dans mon emir. La seulc condition 
nicttra an mariage qui est encoro ma plus chero ambition, e'esl qui! soil inuni dial," 
-Eliza lui tendit la main en souriant; niaisMis. Si 

vous compronda," dit Krasinski, "vous pensez one Je vim vous enl v t v p (ill'. . 
Non; je pretends qu'ello eoi 

mon chateau des qu'il , ra restitue*. Jesuia orpbelin el j'ai t loisiuno 

mere en meme temps qn'une femme... ." Bref, on admira le cnevalen 
■le 1 offioier polonaia i on fut reconnaissant de so manage fut I 

m bout de qninze jours Krasinski oondu >uvelle famill 

rods dans nn des h6tela oil descendant lea plus r 
Je lapalx en avail lout d'abord vu acei aril 

Depuu einq jours. Kraainski allait and i pmssien j I 

nnjuii iani !,■- nouveUes et disant combii n son general avail ( ii- heureu 
liliiclier voulail anssi que JQat Krasinski i 
v '"'i'i»' or 1 1 cii -i paterae! qu'il eslj 
eaoindro Oeremonle, sons anenne pai u lea plus simples. " 



128 



THE FORGERS WIFE. 



four dll Kraelnskl, " vous Stiw hien comnie vous voilb, atlondez-moi loutc la solrde 




taiiies mi an spectacle renlrenl suceessivement. Tout a coup une clamour s'c'lovo 
dans lea escalien rtdors..... I'resnue en mtoe temps cbaoun sapercovaJt 



'unvol. Tous les appartements araient eM envahiB, Lous les tiroira fouillc's : lea 
jjoux et l'argi m n'y iUaeat ; Ins. Bien de rapide commelcs soupcons quand ua 

voleur 11 filit son butin. 

I ti luii ii l'autre on se rcpfta quo le voleur no pmivait ctrc que lo conito polonals. 
An milieu dc 1'inquie'tude qui les agitait depuis deux heurcs, Mrs. Stanley et. sa 

liili- sevoient accuseds d'etre les complices d'un malfaiteur Oe qu'elloH com. 

prennent de la langue do ceux qui leur demandent ce qu'est devenu l'homme alleiidn 
par elks suflif p< nr le? troubler et les aceabler. 

Bientdt un agent de la police survieut, appele" par lea plaigti ants. Elle3voip,nt 
fouiller leur cluunbre et reconnalsscnt alors qu'eUes sont depouiMes comine les 
autres habitant* de '.'hotel, lilies se rejoaissent presque ile cette deeouveite qui 
semMe k la fois absoudre 1'nbseut et attestcr surtout leur innocence : mais, tout an 
contraire, cette circonstancc tourne coutre elles : ou s Verio que la chose a et«: ainsi 
arranged pour de'tonrncr le soupcon, et le Boupcon s'acborne conlre lc9 deux dames 
nnglaises. On les arrete. on les met en priso Pendant deux jours elles capcient 
en yain que Krasinski, dont la disparition leur teeible une e'nigme, viendraen donner 

Quaud elles out compnru devaot le com missairc dc police et. sunt a-uuittee* 

•our se tronver isolees, e'trangeres, inoo mines el suspei te« encore, allant en v-mi" 

b 1 flat-major prussicn demander une audi euce du general Bliieher ct invoquant u I 

nom qui devait etre pour ellis un lalisin an proBccteur. Elles apprirent la oue fol 

cal n'avait jamais connn Casimir Kr asinslti ni entemlu parler de lui I 

Hies s'a.lresserent alors h I'ambassade anglaise et se virent re'duites' fc accepter! 
lespece daumone que 1 nmbassadeur leur nccorda pour les mcttre en c'tat da n 
tourner a Londres auprts du jcune Stanley, restfj l'uiiique soutien de sa nitre et dJ 
sa -uur. Pendant quroiM ans, a travers toutes sortes de vicissitudes, lonetemns 
pauvrcs, puis amva.,L au gam dc leur proces, Mrs. Stanley et sa fille nvaient toS- 
lours devant les yeux l'Image de cet e'toauger qui dtait veuu s'associer a leur 
destmeesoua les dehors les plus romanesqnes pour disparaitre tout n coup commo lo 
demon d un cauchemar. y 

Mr*. Stanley niouTUt : Eliza demeura seule avec son frere, et jeune encore avait 
ne plus a une lms reehercbee en mariag bans pouvoir dire si cllc fitait veuve, ot 
obligee dc raomtn sa ptfniblc bistoire. ^ 




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